Video PlayerClose TOKYO, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — The Bank of Japan (BOJ) opted to keep its monetary policy unchanged after a policy setting meeting on Thursday, although the central bank underscored its enduring stance that it stood ready to cut rates if necessary and has the policy tools to do so despite some experts’ concerns to the contrary. In a statement released after the two-day meeting at which it decided to keep its ultra-easy policy unchanged, the central bank said it expected interest rates to stay at their current or lower levels so as to keep its two percent inflation target feasible. The BOJ “expects short- and long-term interest rates to remain at their present or lower levels as long as there is a possibility of losing momentum toward the 2-percent inflation goal,” Japan’s central bank said. Further adding to speculation the central bank is primed and may follow suit with other central banks in cutting their rates, the BOJ downgraded its growth and inflation forecasts in the years to come, indicating, although not confirming, once again that more stimulus measures “could” be on the way. In terms of the bank’s price outlook, the BOJ cut its inflation forecast for… Read full this story
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