Bank of Japan

Frontrunning: July 29

  • Yen, bond yields rise as Bank of Japan action underwhelms (Reuters); Bank of Japan Takes Modest Easing Action (WSJ)
  • Hong Kong shares end lower as BOJ disappointment sweeps Asia (Reuters)
  • Accepting White House nomination, Clinton offers 'clear-eyed' vision (Reuters)
  • Two Conventions, Two Distinct World Views (WSJ)
  • Democrats Emphasize American Exceptionalism at Convention (BBG)
  • Clinton’s Image Among Democrats at a Historic Low (WSJ)

Pokemon 'No': Nintendo Suffers Worst Week In 27 Years

After admitting to investors last Friday (after the close) that they won't be able to rely on Pokemon Go to bolster profits, the company came clean this week that a widely anticipated accessory for the blockbuster app will be delayed until September. The effect is simple - Nintendo shares are down 27% this week - the worst week since Aug 1989 (when the exuberance over Super Famicom died). Thanks to this double Pokemon "no," Nintendo has lost over $14 billion of market capitalization in the last week.

With All Eyes On Tonight's BOJ Announcement, A "Minor" Snag Emerges

With all eyes on the BOJ's decision in several hours, an announcement which is expected to contain some component of government deficit funding attached to it, or helicopter-lite, a "minor" snag has emerged in what Japan has affectionately titled the "emergency, peace of mind realization, overall spending measures" fiscal package, namely that only about a quarter of the total JPY 28 trillion in new stimulus is in the form of actual spending.

USDJPY Surges On Headline Government Pressuring BOJ To Boost Stimulus; Bloomberg Denies

Update: Looks like we may have a lost in translation moment here, because shortly after the Reuters report (which recall is first and foremost an FX dealer and so loves USDJPY volatility), bloomberg reports that the "MOF draft statement cited by Reuters simply affirms that govt still plans a package." Hardly the dramatic "pressuring" of the BOJ Reuters would have its FX trading clients believe.

Corrupt Or Just Stupid? Markets Hand Corporations An Unlimited Credit Card

The crucial thing to understand about credit bubble dynamics is that borrowing money from people desperate to lend and using the proceeds to overpay for assets requires only monkey-level intelligence. So while a bubble is inflating it’s impossible for most of the media, banking and political communities to tell the legitimate operators from the hopelessly corrupt and/or extremely stupid. That’s the world we’ve created by handing monetary printing presses to governments, and by extension to corporate CEOs.

US Futures Rise With All Eyes On Kuroda As Global Stocks Tread Water

Following yesterday's Fed decision and ahead of tonight's far more important BOJ announcement, European stocks have posted modest declines, Asian shares rise toward 9-month highs, while U.S. equity index futures are fractionally in the green in the aftermath of Facebook's blowout earnings. The dollar has extended on losses after Yellen reiterated a gradual approach to raising interest rates, and was down 0.5% in early trading.

Richard Koo: If Helicopter Money Succeeds, It Will Lead To 1,500% Inflation

"if businesses and households were to resume borrowing in earnest, the US money supply could balloon to 15 times its current size, sending inflation as high as 1,500%. The corresponding ratios are 28 times for Japan and Switzerland, five times for the eurozone, and 11 times for the UK. Once private-sector demand for loans recovers in these countries, confidence in the dollar, euro, and yen will plummet."

Insanity In Japan

Of all the developed countries, Japan is in the worst condition economically. Most others, including the United States, are following the same path to insanity though. Unlike Japan, other countries may have time to implement policy changes that will allow them to avoid Japan’s desperate circumstances.

It's 2am In Japan, Time For Nikkei To Drop Another Tape Bomb

Yesterday at 2am local time, Japan's Nikkei reported a doubling of stimulus being proposed (to 6 trillion yen) after Goldman suggest 3 trillion was not enough. That spiked USDJPY briefly. Today, at 2am, Nikkei decided to try it again... announcing that "BoJ officials said to be leaning more toward easing," and sure enough USDJPY spiked...

USDJPY Plunges On Japan Stimulus Concerns; US Futures Flat With As Fed Begins Meeting

In a turbulent session for FX, the Yen soared as much as 1.4%, the most in three weeks, after Finance Minister Aso says the government will "leave actual policy measures to BOJ", sending the Nikkei lower by 1.4%. European stocks and U.S. equity index futures are little changed despite the slide in the key carry pair as the Fed starts its two day meeting.