The BOJ have completed their meeting and are on the wires now.

Eases further

  • Expands base money target to 80 trln yen
  • Increases JGB buying by 30 trln yen per year
  • To triple pace of annual buying of ETF, JREITS
  • To make ETFs that track JPX Nikkei index 400 eligible for its buying
  • To extend duration of JGBs it holds to about 7-10 years
  • Decision on expanding base money target, extending duration of jgbs holdings made by 5-4 vote
  • To maintain balance of its CP, corporate bond holdings
  • Board members Morimoto, Ishida, Sato, Kiuchi voted against expanding base money target
  • Board members Morimoto, Ishida, Sato, Kiuchi voted against extending duration of JGB holdings
  • Pursuing QQE in an open-ended manner, releases estimates for its asset purchases for next year
  • There were risks shift of deflation mindset may be delayed due partly to downward pressure on prices from oil price declines

Big news out of the BOJ. – This is an unexpected move, not expected by most of the market (nearly all). Market gets a ‘fail’ on this one (including yours truly).

Nikkei rockets higher

USD/YEN up toward 110 … and still climbing as I type

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Kuroda is due to give his post-meeting press conference later, scheduled at 0630GMT

Link to full text of their statement