BoJ Tweaks Yield-Curve Control, Keeping Interest Rate at Negative Level

The Bank of Japan tweaked its yield curve control policy on Tuesday as Japanese yen fell below 150 against the greenback.

In the two-day meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, the central bank is allowing more flexibility in its yield cap, saying that the target level of the 10-year Japanese government bond (JGB) yield will be held at 0%, but will allow the upper bound of 1% “as a reference.”

The central bank also scrapped reference to daily fixed rate JGB purchasing operations.

However, BoJ still maintained its short-term interest rate target at -0.1% and maintained 10-year JGB yield target around 0%.

Meanwhile, Japan’s industrial output rose 0.2% in September from a month earlier, which was a significant drop from the anticipated gain of 3.7%.

The Japanese yen dropped slightly lower than 150 against the US dollar after the announcement, then rose to around 150.03 as the session progressed.