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BoJ Ready for Helicopter Money?

Lior Alkalay - INO.com Contributor - Forex


Helicopter money, that’s the big talk in the past week. The term helicopter money refers to a case where the government hands out money to citizens and funds it through printed money. The last time helicopter money was relevant was back in 2009. That’s when Ben Bernanke, then Federal Reserve Chairman, literally opened up the printing press and poured massive amounts of liquidity into the bond market, in tandem with a massive fiscal stimulus plan from the US government. Now, investors are speculating that the BoJ is ready to unleash a similar move, in coordination with the Abe government. And with the BoJ monetary policy meeting scheduled for this Friday, investors have high hopes. Are these hopes in place?

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Remembering Gold's Bullish Set-Up on Dec. 1, 2015

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Heat Wave To Cut Natural Gas Storage Glut

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Here's A Good Way To Begin The Week

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China Recap: The Good And The Bad

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Stocks Edge Higher On Mixed Earnings

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When Did Market Stability Become A Fed Mandate?

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McKesson Jumps 34% Off Lows - Now What?

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More on the 'Breadth Thrust' and Market Internals

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Stocks Take A Breather

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