Saturday, June 1, 2013

Weekend Chillout - Top Place

With one of my favourite cities in the world, Bangkok being voted this week the world's top destination I thought the following tune was called for.

Japan market's wild ride might just be beginning


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Is the Bank of Japan creating the biggest pyramid scheme in history? In recent weeks Haruhiko Kuroda has been the toast of the financial world, winning plaudits from Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. The move by the BoJ governor to end deflation with large bond purchases has been cheered by International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, Asian Development Bank president Take
hiko Nakao and the Japanese business establishment.

Yet markets are raising troubling questions about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's revival plans - dubbed Abenomics - of which Kuroda's bond-buying is a critical part.

On Thursday, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average plunged more than 5 per cent. The broader Topix lost 3.8 per cent, after a 6.9 per cent drop on May 23, its biggest one-day decline since the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.

The market is now down 11 per cent since May 22. That officially puts Japan in correction mode.

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