How much of the Japanese stock market does the BOJ own?

BOJ Japanese yen

The Bank of Japan (BOJ), unlike any of its peers, has become a huge player in the country’s stock market. What began as a monetary policy experiment has turned into what some economists describe as a caveat for policymakers about the extent of intervention a central bank may take in propping up capital markets.

Are these global companies on the right side of history?


Despite a global boycott of Russia and an international condemnation of the Kremlin’s actions against Ukraine, some multinationals have dismissed demands to exit or scale down their presence in Russia for various reasons and choosing to continue business-as-usual. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has dragged on for two months now…

Around-the-world currency round-up; EUR, JPY, AUD, GBP


The USD dollar is not giving up ground against its trading partners. In fact, the US dollar index has just minted fresh 2-year highs, crossing the 102 level for the first time since March of 2020. Investors are waiting with bated breath for definite signs that the US Federal Reserve will be hiking its benchmark rate by 50 basis points in May as…

What you need to know to trade Twitter ahead of Thursday’s earnings

twitter earnings

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is set to announce its first-quarter earnings results on Thursday and some analysts expect the microblogging platform to again incur losses on the back of its increased infrastructure and marketing spending amid tight competition. The company, once among the most popular social media channels globally, has…

Inflation and tech earnings set to rattle many markets next week

Inflation and tech earnings

Next week, the largest market events will centre on inflation, with Australia and the European Area updating the market as to their respective rising consumer prices. Australia’s quarterly inflation report is due this coming Wednesday. The country has been curiously immune to the worst inflationary…


Quantitative Tightening


What does Quantitative Tightening mean for stocks and the USD?

Quantitative Tightening

In its most recent policy meeting in March, the US Federal Reserve hinted at plans to shrink its balance sheet at a rapid pace of $95 billion per month, its latest attempt to tame red-hot inflation in addition to its aggressive rate hikes in the coming months. A move to reduce the Fed’s balance sheet…

Breaking down AT&T’s stock after WarnerMedia spin-off


Nearly four years after fighting a hard battle to acquire WarnerMedia and accelerating its foray into the media business, AT&T (NYSE:T) has gone back to its roots to focus on being a telecommunications company. On April 8, AT&T completed the spin-off of 100% of its interest in WarnerMedia…

Spotlight on the currencies of Ukraine’s neighbours


The USD has lived up to its classification as a safe-haven currency since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Other safe-haven currencies, such as the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen, have failed in this respect. Both have lost strength over the past month and a half. The Swiss franc index has fallen 1.2% over this time, while the Japanese yen has plummeted 8.6%.

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