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22 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Bank of Japan yields to banks, insurers and tests out latest tool

(22 September 2016, AFR, p25, by Jonathan Shapiro)

‘The Bank of Japan has added a new central bank tool to its kit – bond yield curbs. While reaffirming its commitment to keeping policy rates negative, it has not abandoned what many believe is a failed and harmful experiment. But, crucially, it appears to have heard the cries of Japan’s mega banks and life insurance companies that have been the victims of the relentless squeeze in long bond rates.’

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