Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The DPJ's biggest enemy

The economy:

Nowhere are yields as low as in Japan’s debt market and nowhere are returns higher as Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s government fails to stop deflation
. Bloomberg.

And it (deflation) is back and here to stay for a while, according to the article. If you can buy some bonds, though, you may be less concerned.

More good news:

Japan is running the gauntlet of a sovereign ratings cut after Fitch Ratings said it might downgrade the country if it significantly exceeded its new issuance target [44 billion yen for the next fiscal year]...

...the government will likely face the daunting task of either scaling back some of its policies or seeking additional sources of funding. Reuters.

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