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ProShares UltraShort MSCI Japan ETF (EWV)

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  • Wed, Feb. 18, 1:57 AM
    • As widely expected, the Bank of Japan maintained its massive ¥80T annual stimulus program today, its main tool to hit 2% inflation by next fiscal year.
    • Data earlier this week confirmed that the country pulled out of recession in the fourth quarter of last year, although annualized growth of 2.2% was much weaker than expected.
    • The Nikkei closed up 1.2% at 18,199.17 following the decision, its highest level since July 2007.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Mon, Feb. 16, 1:48 AM
    • Japan pulled out of recession in the final months of 2014, data on Monday showed, though the economic growth came in much weaker than expected.
    • Helped by a rebound in exports, GDP expanded at an annualized rate of 2.2% in the quarter through December, but the figure missed analysts' forecast for a 3.6% rise.
    • Japan's economy had contracted in each of the two previous quarters, due to a rise in the nation-wide consumption tax last April.
    • The focus now swings to the BOJ, which is due to release its latest monetary policy decision on Wednesday. The central bank unexpectedly expanded its massive QE program in October, swelling Japan's monetary base by around ¥80T each year, from ¥60T-¥70T previously.
    • Following the growth report, the Nikkei closed up 0.5% at 18,004.77.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 4:18 AM
    • Japanese stocks rose today, as the market reopened from a holiday during which the yen weakened and positive machine orders data was reported.
    • The Topix advanced 1.5% to 1,449.39, while the Nikkei added 1.9% to 17,979.72, as both indexes advanced to 2007 highs.
    • Japanese machine orders surged 11.4% Y/Y in December, double the pace estimated by economists.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Thu, Feb. 5, 3:36 PM
    • "The government’s choice for the BoJ board sends a clear signal in favor of on-going monetary policy accommodation," says HSBC's Izumi Devalier,  now expecting additional monetary stimulus as early as April.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last night nominated Waseda University professor Yutaka Harada to the BOJ's nine-member policy board. He's replacing Ryuzo Miyao, who's not exactly a hawk either.
    • More from Devalier: "Mr. Harada’s addition will undoubtedly tilt the board to an even more dovish direction. A monetarist and staunch proponent of PM Abe’s reflationary policies, Mr. Harada has long argued that insufficient monetary easing was a root cause of Japan’s long stagnation and deflation." Harada's preference for more easing, says Devalier, is JGB purchases instead of ETF buys.
    • The yen (NYSEARCA:FXY) is lower by 0.3% today, with dollar/yen at ¥117.56.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, YCL, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, DXJF
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  • Sun, Jan. 25, 5:00 AM
    • "Some of the pessimism prevailing in Davos this year is a bit exaggerated," said Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Saturday, as he welcomed the ECB's decision to embark on a huge bond-buying spree.
    • Along with the diving price of oil, the ECB move could be "great for the world economy," he added.
    • Kuroda also announced that he expects the Japanese economy to grow by around 2% in fiscal 2015.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Wed, Jan. 21, 1:53 AM
    • As widely expected, the Bank of Japan held off on expanding its massive stimulus program today, but it did enlarge a loan program aimed at encouraging banks to boost lending.
    • The BOJ unexpectedly expanded monetary stimulus in October last year as soft domestic demand and slumping oil prices slowed consumer inflation. However, oil prices have lost nearly half of their value since then, keeping the central bank under pressure.
    • The BOJ also cut its core consumer inflation forecast for the year beginning in April to 1% from 1.7%, but raised its inflation forecast for fiscal 2016 to 2.2% from 2.1%.
    • The Nikkei closed down 0.5% on the news.
    • Previously: BOJ policymakers to gather for rate review (Jan. 19 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Mon, Jan. 19, 2:03 AM
    • As slumping oil prices keep inflation further away from their 2% target, Bank of Japan policymakers will gather for a rate review this week, to determine if they can hold off on expanding stimulus.
    • Back in October, the BOJ justified its unexpected expansion of quantitative and qualitative easing as aimed at preventing oil price falls, and a subsequent slowdown in price rises, from weighing on inflation expectations.
    • "By tying its October action to oil moves, the BOJ fell into its own trap," said Izuru Kato, chief economist at Totan Research. "Cheap oil benefits a huge importer like Japan. It's only a problem for the BOJ."
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Thu, Jan. 15, 1:29 PM
    • Ridiculous long-term interest rates in Japan have gotten even more so since the central bank began buying massive quantities of government paper, with the 10-year JGB yield falling at last check to 0.25%.
    • The vanishing rate has made it impossible for insurers to generate enough returns to be able pay benefits to policyholders, and Nippon Life is planning a premium hike in February, with others likely following. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is contemplating halting sales of lump-sum endowment insurance and other products.
    • Money funds have to deal with the short end of the curve, and rates are negative all the way out to 5 years, where the yield is now 0.00%.
    • Aware of this, the BOJ nevertheless boosted the asset purchase program in October, but some members don't like the idea of killing earnings at financials and giving the impression the QE program is less stimulus and more a scheme enabling the government's deficit spending. "We have caused tremendous trouble for the financial industry," says one BOJ member.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, DXJF,
    • JGB ETFs: JGBS, JGBD, JGBL, JGBT, JGBB
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  • Wed, Jan. 14, 2:18 AM
    • Seeking to support growth, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved a record ¥96.3T ($814B) budget while cutting new borrowing for a third year in a row.
    • Rising revenues following the sales tax increase last April enabled Abe to raise spending without increasing the proportion financed by new government bonds, though the total national debt is still well over twice the country's GDP.
    • Previously: Japan prepares record budget (Jan. 11 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Sun, Jan. 11, 11:39 AM
    • Japan's government is set to announce a record budget for next fiscal year of more than $810B but will cut bond issuance by ¥4.4T to ¥36.9T, the third decrease in a row and the lowest level in six years.
    • The draft budget for the year from April is aimed at trimming Japan's public debt, which is well over twice the country's GDP after years of sluggish growth and huge stimulus spending.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Tue, Jan. 6, 2:31 AM
    • Japanese stocks led falls across Asia today amid a selloff in global markets due to falling oil prices and concerns about the euro zone. The Nikkei closed down 3% - its worst day since mid-March.
    • Meanwhile, China's HSBC services PMI rose to 53.4 last month from November's 53, growing at its fastest pace in three months in December.
    • The survey helped boost shares in China, with Shanghai closing up 0.1%, after recovering from earlier losses in the session.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Dec. 30, 2014, 2:19 AM
    • In yet another bid toward profitability and economic growth, Japan's ruling coalition has approved a tax reform plan that will trim the corporate tax rate from April.
    • Coming on top of a recent $29B stimulus package, the plan will likely cut the overall effective corporate tax rate by 2.51 percentage points to 32.1% - confirming a pledge made by Abe in June to lower the corporate tax rate to below 30% in the coming years.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Dec. 28, 2014, 10:35 AM
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  • Dec. 26, 2014, 2:33 AM
    • Keeping the BOJ under pressure, Japan core consumer inflation slowed to 0.7% in November, largely due to sliding oil prices. The figure was far below the central bank's 2% target.
    • Factory output unexpectedly fell and real wages marked their steepest drop in five years, dealing a blow to PM Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies aimed at pulling the world’s third-largest economy out of stagnation.
    • The Nikkei closed slightly up at 17,819.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | 9 Comments
  • Dec. 24, 2014, 7:42 AM
    • A new ¥3.5T yen ($29B) stimulus package is expected to be approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Saturday.
    • Japan is looking to give a quick boost to lagging regional economies and low-income households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other schemes.
    • The plan will also urge the Bank of Japan to hit its 2% inflation goal as quickly as possible, and promise to do its utmost to halve Japan's primary budget deficit in the fiscal year starting next April, to curb a runaway public debt.
    • Previously: Abe re-elected as Japan’s Prime Minister (Dec. 24 2014)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • Dec. 19, 2014, 2:52 AM
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