Asia Japan market review: Asian markets surge in November
Equity markets in Asia performed strongly during November, driven by hopes that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be widely available.
15th Dec 2020
Asia Japan market review: Question-marks over Asia’s recovery
The IMF expects the Asia Pacific economy to shrink by 2.2% in 2020; nevertheless, the region is set to post a healthy recovery in 2021 with growth of 6.9%
11th Nov 2020
Asia Japan market review: Australia tips into recession
As anticipated, Yoshihide Suga took office as Japan’s Prime Minister in September following the resignation of Shinzo Abe on the grounds of ill health. Mr Suga is widely expected to carry on with Mr A...
14th Oct 2020
Asia Japan market review: Asian economies fall into recession
Investor sentiment in Australia received a blow from the government’s decision to put the state of Victoria into lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 infections.
11th Aug 2020
Asia Japan market review: Recovery remains far off
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda warned during June that a second wave of COVID-19 infections could cause “considerable” harm to Japan’s economy.
5th Aug 2020
Asia Japan market review: Concerns over Hong Kong’s future
Share prices in Hong Kong dived during May on the news that China was set to make national security laws for the territory, clamping down on dissent and raising questions over Hong Kong’s special econ...
10th Jun 2020
Asia Japan market review: Double-digit falls in Japan
Asian markets came under pressure during February as coronavirus continued to tighten its grip. By the end of February, South Korea was second only to China in terms of diagnosed cases of coronavirus,...
4th Mar 2020
Asia Japan market review: Japan’s policymakers remain cautious
Although the Bank of Japan raised its forecast for economic growth in the fiscal year 2020 from 0.7% to 0.9%, policymakers are not yet ready to scale back their current stimulus programme.
13th Feb 2020
Asia Japan market review: Japan’s consumption tax takes its toll
Japan’s economic expansion proved to be better than first calculated during the third quarter of 2019; however, this better-than-expected performance does not reflect the impact of October’s increase...
15th Jan 2020
Asia Japan market review: Retail sales plummet in Japan
During November, Japan’s government came under intensifying pressure to support the country’s economy by boosting fiscal spending.
20th Dec 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Japan raises consumption tax
Japan’s much-anticipated rise in consumption tax finally took place on 1 October.
7th Nov 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Japan’s economic growth disappoints
Japan’s second-quarter economic growth proved disappointing for investors, as initial calculations of annualised growth of 1.8% were downgraded to a more muted 1.3%. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the...
15th Oct 2019
US market review: Fresh salvoes in the US/China trade conflict
The trade war between the US and China continued to rage in August. President Trump revealed further tariff increases on Chinese imports to the US; in response, China announced that it would impose ad...
16th Sep 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Economic outlook dims for Japan
Notwithstanding some encouraging economic data, Japan’s Government downgraded its view on the country’s economy during May.
12th Jun 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Bank of Japan provides additional guidance
Japan’s interest rates will remain unchanged until the beginning of 2020 at the earliest, according to the BoJ’s updated guidance.
14th May 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Clouds over Japan’s economy
Confidence amongst Japanese businesses deteriorated over the first three months of 2019, according to the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ’s) quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment.
17th Apr 2019
Asian Japan markets review: Natural disasters dampen Japan’s growth
Japan’s economy shrank during the three months to September, contracting at an annualised rate of 1.2%. Spending and export activity were hampered over the summer by a series of natural disasters.
7th Dec 2018
Inflation picks up in Japan
as expected, the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy unchanged in September, maintaining its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1% and an annual target of around 80 trilli...
5th Oct 2018
A new Prime Minister for Australia
The share prices of larger companies performed better than their medium-sized counterparts during August. Over the month as a whole, the Nikkei 225 Index rose by 1.4%, while the Topix I...
5th Sep 2018
Asia Japan markets review: Trade fears dampen confidence
Concerns over the impact of trade wars is starting to affect confidence amongst Japanese companies, according to the Bank of Japan’s quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment. O...
14th Aug 2018
Asian Japan markets review: Asian economies vulnerable to trade tensions
Economic growth in Asian countries – particularly Singapore and Hong Kong – is still heavily reliant on merchandise exports, according to Moody’s Investors Service, and e...
11th Jun 2018
Asia Japan market review: Japan shrugs off fresh hostility from North Korea
Despite a fresh display of aggression from North Korea towards Japan, the share prices of large Japanese companies generally rose during November.
11th Dec 2017
Asia Japan market review: Japan’s inflation to remain below target
Although Japan’s economy appears to be strengthening in some areas, the outlook for inflation remains subdued.
14th Aug 2017
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