The Bank of Japan (BOJ), Japan's central bank, just tricked global markets by lavishing them with an awesomely sweet Halloween treat.
There's only one problem, and that's how the addition of all this fake sweetener stuff will end.
Keep reading. Your heart is going to pound…
Bank of Japan Stimulus: Back from the Grave
The BOJ brought "Abenomics" back to life this morning when it announced it would ramp up efforts to treat, treat, and treat the economy to some more sugar-laced stimulus on steroids. (Abenomics is the tag hung on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his central bank's stimulus efforts.)
This was a three-way lick 'em and stick 'em bonanza:
- First, the BOJ promised to triple the pace of its purchases of stocks and property funds.
- Second, the bank said it's going to extend the maturities (buy longer-dated issues) of bonds it's stockpiling by three years, to an average maturity of 10 years.
- And third, the bank is going to raise the ceiling of its annual government bond purchases by 30 trillion yen ($267.56 billion) to 80 trillion yen ($713.5 billion).
And if that triple threat wasn't enough, Japan's gigantic public pension fund – the largest in the world – said it will start buying more global stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to jolt its returns.
Holy sugar shack.
Equity markets are soaring higher on the news. Central bank stimulus is sweet music to stocks.
If you want to make money on this news, you buy, buy, and buy stocks and more stocks.
Keep on dancing until the music stops.
Of course, there's just one little problem. Eventually, all that sweet stuff will give global markets a heart attack…
In the meantime, enjoy the treat. I'll tell you when the party's over and it's time to slim down on stocks and short everything.
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