The Bank of Japan has set out a guidance (or target) to buy 6 trillion Yen ($56 billion) worth of exchange traded funds (ETFs) a year, a measure designed to funnel money into the economy. It also has a policy to increase its ETF purchases if market volatility begins to hurt business confidence (as COVID-19 has)
U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 5% in Quarter 1 (Q1) 2020 (vs Q4 2019) but grew 2.1% (vs Q1 2019) on back of economic activity being hit due to the spread of COVID-19. On a long-term average, the numbers aren’t really that bad but Q2 2020 will be far worse …
UK gross domestic product (GDP) was flat (Quarter on Quarter compared to Q3 2019) in volume terms was flat in Q4 (October to December) 2019. Compared to Q4 2019 (same quarter a year ago), UK GDP increased by 1.1%.
U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in Q3 2019, according to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Revised GDP growth for Q2 2019 was 2%.