Economic calendar in Asia 27 December 2023 – Bank of Japan Summary (December meeting)

<p>Its a light calendar here for the Asia session with the only item of note being the Bank of Japan Summary of Opinions from the December 18 and 19 meeting. Policy was left unchanged at that meeting despite the feverish speculation of an imminent policy change from the Bank:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_self">Bank of Japan leaves negative rates and YCC 1% ceiling rate unchanged</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="" target="_self">USD/JPY jumped sharply higher – Bank of Japan maintains its policy stance</a></li></ul><p>The fever has been ongoing for about two years, with the focus now being the meeting ahead on January 22 and 23. The meeting in April seems more likely and is more favoured by traders. </p><p>Anyway, today we'll get the 'summary' from the meeting just a couple of weeks ago, which should provide a few more clues. See below for a description of the Summary compared to the Minutes. </p><p>–</p><p>The Bank of Japan (BOJ) releases a "Summary of Opinions" after each monetary policy meeting. It serves as a record of the discussion and views of the Policy Board members on various economic and financial issues.</p><p>Key points about the Summary:</p><ul><li>The summary includes the views of the Policy Board members on economic conditions, both domestically and globally. This includes assessments of economic growth, inflation, and employment trends, among other indicators.</li><li>The summary also outlines the Policy Board members' views on the effectiveness of the BOJ's current monetary policy measures, including interest rate policy, asset purchases, and yield curve control. Members may discuss the pros and cons of these policies and their potential impact on the economy.</li><li>The summary includes discussions on the outlook for monetary policy and the potential risks to the economy. Board members may express their views on the appropriate timing and direction of future policy changes, as well as the potential impact of external factors such as global economic conditions.</li><li>The summary also includes any dissenting views among the Policy Board members. If a member disagrees with the majority view on a particular issue, they may express their own opinion and rationale.</li></ul><p>In a few week's time we'll get the Minutes of this meeting. The Minutes are a more detailed record of the discussions and decisions made during the meeting.</p><ul><li>The Minutes include a more complete record of the views expressed, including any dissents or alternative opinions that may not be included in the summary.</li><li>The Summary of Opinions is typically released a few days after the policy meeting, while the Minutes are published about a month later. This means that the Summary of Opinions can provide more up-to-date information on the BOJ's current stance and view on the economy and monetary policy.</li><li>The Summary of Opinions is usually written in a more accessible language, making it easier to understand the BOJ's views on monetary policy.</li><li>The Minutes, on the other hand, are often more technical and may require a deeper understanding of economics and financial markets.</li><li>The Summary of Opinions is typically shorter than the Minutes.</li></ul><p>'</p>

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