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In Japan, interest rates are set by the Bank of Japan's Policy Board in its Monetary Policy Meetings. The BoJ's official interest rate is the discount rate. Monetary Policy Meetings produce a guideline for money market operations in inter-meeting periods and this guideline is written in terms of a target for the uncollateralized overnight call rate.
 

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Bank of Japan (BoJ) Interest Rate Decision at 03:00 (UK Time) 17th December 2021.

 

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  • BOJ keeps unchanged ultra-low interest rate targets
  • BOJ tapers buying of corporate bonds, commercial paper
  • Extends funding support for small firms with condition tweaks
  • BOJ says financial conditions have improved on a whole

TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan on Friday dialed back emergency pandemic-funding but maintained ultra-loose policy and extended financial relief for small firms, cementing expectations it will remain among the most dovish central banks for the foreseeable future.

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Summary

  • BOJ keeps unchanged ultra-low interest rate targets
  • BOJ tapers buying of corporate bonds, commercial paper
  • Extends funding support for small firms with condition tweaks
  • BOJ says financial conditions have improved on a whole

TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan on Friday dialed back emergency pandemic-funding but maintained ultra-loose policy and extended financial relief for small firms, cementing expectations it will remain among the most dovish central banks for the foreseeable future.

The Bank of Japan dialed back emergency pandemic-funding on Friday, but it maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy and extended financial relief for small businesses, Reuters reported.

The BOJ maintained its short-term rate target at negative 0.1% and for the 10-year bond yields, the rate remained around 0%, in line with expectations, the news agency said.

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By Saheli Roy Choudhury, 17th December 2021. CNBC

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USD/JPY holds near 113.60 on steady hand at BoJ.

NEWS |  | By Ross J Burland, FXStreet

USD/JPY: Technical signals offer a downside USD/JPY outlook | IG EN

 

  • USD/JPY holds steady around the BoJ that left policy on hold.
  • Omicron variant has been sighted as a risk to upside inflation pressures. 

USD/JPY is a touch softer on the Bank of Japan announcements, although sticking to near flat for the day around 113.60. The BoJ has kept the policy balance rate unchanged at -0.1%, as expected and left the 10-year yield target unchanged at 0.0%, as expected as well. Covid loans will be extended to September. 

The uncertainty is high on the impact of Covid-19, the central bank says, and there is a need to watch risks around bottlenecks. The BoJ says also that inflation expectations have picked up. meanwhile, these comments were expected in the markets and there is little price action occurring around them, in what is a relatively subdued Asian session, so far.

The US dollar is stuck in a range of between 95.997 and 96.051 as measured against a basket of currencies, including the yen, by the DXY index. The greenback was sold-off the prior day on what has been put down to as a sell the fact state of play in what might be regarded as irregular markets conditions considering the end o of year squaring of positions.

However, the echoes of Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, continue to support the greenback in familiar territory with markets expecting a faster pace to lift-off. As such, the yield spread between the JGB's and US T-bill yields is keeping the prospects of a firm USD/JPY rate alive. 

USD/JPY technical analysis

However, from a daily perspective, the price could be in the process of forming a bearish head and shoulders:

USD_JPY%20-%202021-12-16T180920.572-6377

In order to mitigate such an outcome, the bulls will need to get back above 114.50 and hold the 113.30s.

 

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