BoJ hints at positive moves with rates

January 31, 2024
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  • During a recent meeting of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy board, it was suggested that the bank is moving towards ending its negative rates policy.
  • Several board members stated that the chances of a virtuous cycle between wages and prices had continued to increase, which is a key factor in determining whether the country can achieve its 2% inflation target.

According to a summary of the meeting, the BoJ policy board expressed optimism about the prospects of economic growth, with some members suggesting that there may be room for positive interest rates in the future.

The board also discussed the potential impact of the country’s ageing population on inflation and economic growth. They recognized that the decline in the working-age population could put downward pressure on wages and inflation, making it more difficult for the BoJ to achieve its inflation target.

Despite this concern, the board agreed that the economy was still on a moderate expansion path, supported by steady growth in exports and domestic demand. They also discussed the need for structural reforms to support long-term economic growth.

While the board did not make any immediate changes to monetary policy, the summary of the meeting suggests that there could be a shift away from negative interest rates in the future.

This potential shift in policy comes as other central banks around the world, such as the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, are also considering changes to their monetary policies. The shift away from negative interest rates could be a sign that these central banks believe the global economy is recovering and that there is less need for accommodative monetary policy.

The BoJ has been implementing negative interest rates since 2016 in an effort to stimulate inflation and economic growth. However, the policy has had mixed results, with inflation remaining well below the 2% target.

The next meeting of the BoJ policy board is scheduled for February 24-25, where they will continue to discuss the outlook for the Japanese economy and monetary policy.

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