BOJ ends negative rate policy By Reuters

BOJ ends negative rate policy By Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Japanese national flag waves at the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2024. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday decided to end its negative interest rate policy, marking a landmark shift away from its huge stimulus programme.

It was Japan’s first interest rate hike since 2007.

BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda is expected to hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) to explain the decision.

Under its negative interest rate policy, the BOJ had applied a 0.1% charge to a small pool of financial institutions’ excess reserves parked with the central bank. The policy had been in place since 2016.

With inflation having exceeded the BOJ’s 2% target for well over a year, many market players had expected the central bank to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy in March or April.

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