Japan and the debt faith crisis

December 2, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Could Japan be the next victim of the crisis of faith in government bonds?

Despite carrying public debt more than twice the size of its economy and suffering from poor growth and an aging population, Japan’s government can still borrow money for 10 years at just over 1 percent.

The Bank of Japan’s ill-advised “1% rule”

June 21, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The Bank of Japan seems to be running its own fun-house version of monetary policy, intervening in equity markets when they fall.

Welcome to the global slowdown

May 24, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — With QE2 set to end in five weeks and with Greece rolling downhill towards default, the world is not best placed to withstand a weakening economy.

Sometimes there is no bright side

March 17, 2011

JAPAN-QUAKE

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

If rebuilding after tragedies is actually good for the global economy, someone clearly forgot to tell investors.

Egypt, inflation and Japan debt crisis

February 1, 2011

Markets are busy speculating on which country might follow Egypt on the revolutionary road, but watch out for the impact on a country where bellies are full and the chances of revolt are exactly nil: Japan.