Early word from the G8 meeting, like the EU fin min meeting, is that officials recognize that it is premature to enact exit strategies from the emergency facilities and actions to address the economic and financial crisis.
Bank of Japan Likely to Extend Emergency Programs, But Not Yet
Jul 8 2009, 04:27
The BOJ is the next major central bank to meet. It will hold its meeting on July 14-15. Its current programs, which include purchasing commercial paper, corporate bonds, and unlimited loans to commercial banks, are set to expire at the end of Sept. There is some speculation that the BOJ may want to be pro-active and indicate an extension of the programs rather than waiting for either next month or Sept. This would send, arguably, important signals to the market about the BOJ commitment and lift some degree of uncertainty. Now is not the time, so the argument goes, for strategic ambiguity.
The BOJ last extended its programs that were set to expire in March 09 in Feb, a month before. That would make August a more likely time frame than next week's meeting. However, what makes now different than then is politics. By the middle of next month the campaigns for the mid-Sept elections will be well under way. Yet, the political implications of extending the emergency programs are not clear. Prime Minister Aso is Japan's third prime minister that has no popular mandate. His support in the recent polls is less than 20%. The issue of the election is unlikely to appear prominently in the BOJ deliberations.
On balance, then, the BOJ most likely will have to extend the programs, probably until the end of the current fiscal year next March, but look for a decision in Aug ., not next week.