Japan Flash PMIs (Nov. 2021)

November’s flash PMI points to a rebound in industrial output amidst early signs that supply shortages are diminishing. But while the services sector is now on the mend, the recovery there is lacking vigour.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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Japan Economics Update

BoJ unlikely to lift interest rates anytime soon

The Bank of Japan today upgraded its assessment of inflation risks to “broadly balanced” for the first time since 2014. However, it reiterated its pledge to keep expanding the monetary base until inflation exceeds 2% and also signaled that it will keep interest rates low. With inflation set to fall well short of the BoJ’s 2% target for the foreseeable future, the Bank won’t be able to tighten policy.

18 January 2022

Japan Data Response

Japan Machinery Orders (Nov. 2021)

The rise in machinery orders in November supports our view that business investment recovered strongly across Q4. And private investment should continue to rebound strongly this year as firms look past a brief hit from Omicron.

17 January 2022

Japan Economics Weekly

Strict isolation rules could cause severe shortages

While we think Japan’s economy entered 2022 just above its pre-pandemic level, consumer spending will probably be knocked back this quarter by light-touch restrictions which are likely to be reimposed across most of the country within the next couple of weeks. Moreover, the added transmissibility of Omicron is likely to lead to a sizeable wave of staff absences in Japan. While PM Kishida is set to reduce the isolation period for coronavirus patients and their close contacts from 14 to 10 days, that would still be a strict isolation regime when compared with most Western countries. All told, we think Omicron will limit the economy to just a 0.2% q/q rise this quarter before a rebound in growth across Q2 and Q3.

14 January 2022

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Australia & New Zealand Economics Update

Australia - Rate hikes will result in housing downturn

High household debt will magnify the impact of interest rate hikes on the housing market and we now expect prices across the eight capital cities to fall by 5% from H2 2023. The upshot is that the RBA is unlikely to hike rates as sharply as the financial markets anticipate and may end up easing policy in 2024.

24 November 2021

Japan Economics Update

Bank of Japan not losing control of money market

Media reports that suggest that the Bank of Japan is losing control of short-term interest rates due to its “Special Deposit Facility” encouraging banks to park reserves at the BoJ are wide of the mark. The scheme does not threaten the viability of the BoJ’s negative interest rate policy.

22 November 2021

Japan Economics Weekly

More cash handouts on the way

The latest survey data suggest that consumer spending is still struggling to gain momentum even as the bulk of the population are fully vaccinated and virus cases have plunged. However, with car sales now rebounding sharply as supply disruptions are easing and spending set to get another shot in the arm from the government’s cash handouts, we still expect consumption to surpass its pre-virus level by early next year.

12 November 2021
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