Japan Financial Research Report
  Exit from QQE
What loss will the BOJ incur if it exits QQE right now? (20/September/17)

  JCER Financial Research Team
   Ikuko FUEDA-SAMIKAWA (Principal Economist)
   Tetsuaki TAKANO (Economist)

  The argument over the “exit” from unconventional monetary policy, the quantitative and qualitative monetary easing (QQE) that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) commenced in April 2013 has been growing heated in Japan. Adding to the fact that the US Federal Reserve and European Central Bank (ECB) are now exploring how to exit, or at least how to start “tapering” their bond purchases, it has been asked whether the BOJ should continue purchasing assets including Japanese government bonds (JGBs) and exchange traded funds (ETFs), despite the fact that massive losses could be incurred in the future. In this report, we will consider what loss will be incurred if the BOJ starts exiting immediately. Since the longer the monetary easing continues, the larger the loss that can be expected, the amount of loss estimated below may be regarded as the bottom line of the BOJ’s future losses.

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