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Bank Of Japan Doubles Bond Yield Cap

The Bank Of Japan surprised the markets on December 20th by doubling its cap on the yield on 10-year Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) from 25-basis points to 50-basis points.

For years, the BOJ has demonstrated that it can hold the yield on the 10-year government bond at any level it desires.

So, why did it increase the cap on JGB yields now?

Was this a one-off adjustment or the beginning of an interest rate tightening cycle that will see Japanese interest rates move significantly higher?

This is an important question because rising interest rates in Japan would further tighten global monetary conditions, with negative consequences for numerous asset classes.

Higher Japanese interest rates could also unnerve financial markets by bankrupting numerous speculators who depend on borrowing cheaply in Japan to fund highly leveraged investments.

The latest Macro Watch video examines the state of Japan’s economy and analyzes recent comments by Bank Of Japan Governor Kuroda in the attempt to assess how much tighter Japanese Monetary Policy could become during the months ahead.

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