- It’s been a great start to the year for markets; both stocks and bonds ended January with decidedly positive returns. The NASDAQ Composite enjoyed its best January since 2001, ending the month up 10.7%.
- Most central banks have continued to raise interest rates, and tighter monetary policy has helped bring inflation down from multi-decade highs.
- One exception is the Bank of Japan, which has been compelled to maintain its ultra-easy monetary policy—injecting significant liquidity into the global financial system—despite the country experiencing its highest inflation in over four decades.
- The market’s response to Japan’s continued quantitative easing suggests that investors may be losing patience with central banks that use a heavy hand to carve an extreme path.
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