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Nov 30, 2014

Gold, Swiss franc fall after Swiss referendum

TOKYO (Reuters) – Gold prices fell the most in more than three weeks and the Swiss franc dipped slightly on Monday after Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals to boost gold reserves in a referendum.

The measure, had it been approved, would have compelled the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to more than double its gold reserves and banned it from ever selling the metal, threatening its ability to defend a 1.20 euro cap on the Swiss franc imposed at the height of the euro zone crisis.

Nov 28, 2014

Japan bond yield turns negative as BOJ purchases slash supply

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Japanese government bond yields on
Friday turned negative for the first time as the Bank of Japan’s
massive asset-purchase scheme aimed at boosting inflation and
reviving the economy led to a severe shortage of bonds in the
market.

The yield on two-year JGBs traded at minus 0.005 percent
. Negative yields may spread to longer maturities
if the central bank buys more debt, traders said.

Nov 28, 2014

Japan bond yield goes negative as BOJ faces oil threat

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Japanese government bonds traded
at a negative yield for the first time ever on Friday, thanks to
the Bank of Japan’s massive asset-purchase scheme as it seeks to
stoke inflation and revive an economy that slipped into
recession in the third-quarter.

The BOJ’s task got even stiffer this week as a plunge in oil
prices threaten its 2 percent price goal, meaning the central
bank could be forced to expand its stimulus further, soaking up
more debt paper and spreading negative yields to longer-dated
maturities.

Nov 27, 2014

Asia shares edge higher, oil tumbles to four-year low

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks hit a one-month high on Thursday as investors bet that more central bank stimulus in China and Europe would shore up the global economy, while oil prices tumbled to a four-year low as hopes for output cuts by OPEC faded.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced 0.3 percent while Shanghai shares hit a three-year high, extending their rally after a surprise interest rate cut last week. They are up 8.2 percent so far this month.

Nov 27, 2014

Asia shares ride on stimulus hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday as the prospect of further stimulus from central banks in the region and Europe eclipsed disappointing U.S. data, which tripped up the dollar.

Oil prices tumbled more than one percent to a four-year low as hopes for curbs in output by the OPEC faded.

Nov 27, 2014

Asia shares ride on stimulus hopes, dlr hit by weak US data

TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Asian stocks inched higher on
Thursday as the prospect of further stimulus from central banks
in the region and Europe eclipsed disappointing U.S. data, which
tripped up the dollar.

Oil prices tumbled more than one percent to a four-year low
as hopes for curbs in output by the OPEC faded.

Nov 19, 2014

Exclusive – As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation.

The plan is seen aimed at taking advantage of central bank stimulus to lock in low borrowing costs for the longest period of time and to reduce the need for future debt rollovers as Japan’s public borrowings continue to snowball.

Nov 19, 2014

As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation.

The plan is seen aimed at taking advantage of central bank stimulus to lock in low borrowing costs for the longest period of time and to reduce the need for future debt rollovers as Japan’s public borrowings continue to snowball.

Nov 19, 2014

Japanese shares lose steam, Asian shares slip

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shares gave up early gains on Wednesday as investors booked profits after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and said he would call a snap election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies.

Asian shares slipped to a three-week low as resource shares were hit by fall in oil and other commodity prices and as Chinese shares lost momentum as investors continued to take profits after Monday’s launch of the landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai trading link.

Nov 19, 2014

Japanese stocks rise on recovery hopes, BOJ meet in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as investors held out hope for more robust growth after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and called an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his aggressive policies to shore up the economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a touch lower while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.6 percent after Abe’s announcement late on Tuesday.