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Weekly Commentary: Revisiting “Coin in the Fuse Box”

September 17 – Wall Street Journal (Greg Ip): “Can words take the place of actions? The Federal Reserve hopes so. On Wednesday it issued a policy statement promising to get inflation above 2%. In their accompanying projections, officials indicated that would mean keeping interest rates

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Japan’s banks face fresh problem as pandemic casts pall

Japan’s banks have faced multiple crises over past decades, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown out some fresh surprises — and could challenge their future growth, writes William Pesek. Japanese officials don’t mouth the words ‘Lehman Brothers’ often, and certainly not casually. One reason: few

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Samurai bonds look to be fighting a losing battle

By Rashmi Kumar 04.30 PM Samurai bonds have taken a big hit this year due to Covid-19, with deal volumes slumping by more than 75%. This has not only tested the resilience of the market — but also raised serious questions about its long-term prospects.

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Better late than never: Covid bonds catch on in Japan

By Morgan Davis 04.30 PM Covid-19 has fundamentally changed how the world operates — and capital markets are no exception. In Japan, it has shown the potential of the bond market to serve the common good. The coronavirus has changed the way many of us

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Bank of Japan moves needle for bond investors and issuers

The Bank of Japan has long been the driver of yields in the government bond market. It has increasingly become a key player in corporate bonds as well, creating opportunities for issuers and investors alike. Two key dates this year stand out, amid the pandemic,

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The Fed's New Guidance: Surprising Is Not Convincing

On 16 September, the Federal Reserve surprised many observers by releasing new forward guidance on interest rates earlier than anticipated. This follows another earlier-than-expected release of its framework review conclusions during the Jackson Hole symposium last month (for details, see our blog post on the

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