The British monthly GDP is announced on Friday at 09:00 MT time.
BOJ's Kuroda considers North Korea to be a major risk to global outlook
As Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stressed, resuming tensions in North Korea were among major risks to a brightening global economic outlook. He added that the major bank was closely monitoring the impact on financial markets as well as Japan's economy.
He also backed the BOJ's 2% inflation target, labeled by many financial experts as too ambitious, telling that Japan’s major financial institution can help keep long-term currency moves steady by simply setting its price objective at a level equivalent to other key banks.
As with other key financial institutions, the BOJ's first line of defense versus major economic as well as market shocks would be to provide unlimited amounts of liquidity via transactions.
In April-June, Japan's economy managed to expand at an annualized rate of 2.5%, thus demonstrating the longest streak of expansion for 11 years, on firm exports as well as a pick-up in consumption.
The main market tendency today is that the US dollar is rising against its major peers and riskier assets such as stocks and oil are plummeting.
The US unemployment claims are out on Thursday at 15:30 MT time.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.