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Bank Of Japan Policy Rate

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is the central banking authority of Japan, led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda since 2013. The BoJ Policy Rate is the uncollateralized overnight call rate, or base rate, assigned to interbank lending. It is a key element in the institutional lending environment.Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policy known as “Abenomics,” the BoJ Policy Rate has been kept artificially low. Since the implementation of Abenomics, low rates have been encouraged to promote a strong export sector. In January of 2016, the BoJ adopted a negative Policy Rate toward the JPY.Active traders view the BoJ Policy Rate as a leading indicator of JPY valuations. A devalued yen has long been a functioning part of the Japanese economy. Any raising of rates by the BoJ is capable of heightening volatility in forex valuations of the JPY and the Japanese equities indices.

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