The Bank of Japan is set to become the biggest buyer of exchange-traded funds in 2016 for the second straight year. The value of the BOJ’s ETF purchases this year has topped 4.3 trillion yen ($36.5 billion), up 40% from 2015. Source: Nikkei Asian Review
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“To those companies that buy Russian aircraft, we will provide the necessary benefits, including profitable routes, as well as special incentives of an economic nature, including those related to the leasing of aircraft. We are working in compliance with the plan, and I believe that in the early spring we will be ready to report the first results,” Source RT
Invesco Ltd. released a report on central- bank investment after surveying 18 reserve managers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2016. A net balance of 80% and 43% of respondents to questions on asset allocation said they planned to invest more in stocks and corporate debt, respectively. Source The Wall Street Journal
Britain’s government unveiled a new interventionist approach to rebalance its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, in a break with traditional Conservative laissez-faire economic policy. Prime Minister Theresa May’s “Modern Industrial Strategy”demands closer collaboration in key industries in exchange for government support, aiming to increase productivity, reinvigorate industrial production and stimulate investment in technology and R&D. Source Reuters