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BoJ Blames Amazon; Or, What A Difference A Few Months Make

By |2018-06-18T13:21:02+00:00June 18th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Bank of Japan gathered its policymaking members in Tokyo at the end of last week. The statements released and the commentary given pursuant to it exuded a renewed darkness. When they had last met on April 26 and 27, things were already different. But the conclave before that, March 8 and 9, they were [...]

And Now For Something Completely Different

By |2018-05-16T12:02:10+00:00May 16th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Back in February, Japan’s Cabinet Office reported that Real GDP in Japan had grown in Q4 2017 for the eighth consecutive quarter. It was the longest streak of non-negative GDP since the 1980’s. Predictably, this was hailed as some significant achievement, a true masterstroke of courage and perseverance. It was taken as a sign that [...]

Questions Not of Success, But of the Effectiveness of Illusion

By |2018-03-06T11:54:09+00:00March 6th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Last week, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda unleashed a mini-controversy with remarks he now claims were taken somewhat out of context. On March 2, speaking before Japan’s parliament, the central banker sure sounded quite confident: Right now, the members of the policy board and I think that prices will move to reach 2 percent [...]

The Established Root Of So Many Lost Decades

By |2016-11-18T13:50:59+00:00November 18th, 2016|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

After being pummeled by a concurrent stock and real estate crash, Japanese officials by late 1992 felt that enough was enough. The Nikkei 225 stock index that was nearly 40,000 toward the end of 1989 had crashed to below 15,000 by August 1992. From that point, however, Japanese stocks had started rising again. Through the [...]