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Forex Flash: USD/JPY touches 94 encouraging strong Nikkei gains – BBH

Brown Brothers Harriman analysts note that news that BOJ Governor Shirakawa will step down a few weeks early, in line with the end of his deputies’ terms, is seen as bringing forward the timing of more aggressive monetary policy.

They write, “In addition, the IMF’s Lipton (formerly at the US Treasury) endorsed the new 2% inflation target. The G20 meet February 15-16 and the push back against Japan is likely to be limited. Japanese officials appear to have already backed away from citing price targets and this will also help keep the focus on Japanese policies rather than rhetoric. Initial support for the dollar is near JPY93.50, while many have their sights set on a test on JPY95 before the week is out.”

Forex Flash: Berlusconi may be back from the dead. . . again – Societe Generale

Kit Juckes, Global Head of Currency Strategy at Societe Generale notes that the most eye catching headline today is the news that Berlusconi´s PDL party is closing in on leaders, the DPL.
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ECB monetary policy should remain extremely accomodative - Clemente De Lucia

Tomorrow's ECB rate decision meeting will probably be a non-event in the opinion of BNP Paribas economist Clemente De Lucia, who believes that the central bank's monetary policy should remain "extremely accommodative.”
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