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BOJ EXPANDS LENDING FOR FIRMS (Japan)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 3, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE STANDARD’ (Hong Kong – China)

The Bank of Japan said it will expand lending by about 3 trillion yen (HK$250 billion) to help companies tide over a year-end BANK OF JAPAN - SPAINcredit squeeze and accept lower rated corporate bonds as collateral for loans.

The central bank, which kept rates steady at 0.3 percent at an emergency meeting yesterday, said it plans to accept triple B-rated corporate bonds as collateral which would make it easier for banks, scarred by the global financial crisis, to lend to companies.

The move in Japan came as a private nonprofit group of economists said the United States is now in recession and the US economy may be in the midst of the longest slump in the post-World War II era as job losses mount and credit dries up. The economic slump began in December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said.

The Federal Reserve might buy Treasury securities to spur growth.

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

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