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The earthquake that struck offshore Tohoku on Friday, March 11 and ensuing mega-tsunami inflicted severe damage across much of eastern Japan. Most notably, the tsunami destroyed critical equipment at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. On the 12th, a hydrogen explosion at the plant raised concerns about radioactive emissions.
If reduced liquidity in FX markets was responsible for the surge in the yen that triggered the G7’s intervention, currency authorities and central banks seeking to prevent a recurrence should (1) expand the knowledge of pricing systems for supplying liquidity and (2) flexibly administer central bank swaps and complementary lending facilities to facilitate yen funding. They should also consider revamping the disclosure rules for FX margin trades. Inasmuch as FX intervention by developed nations is intended to quell concerns that “excess volatility” will destabilize global financial markets, discussion and decision-making by G7 member nations,which have deep vested interests, will remain an effective tool.
Public warehouses' monitoring of inventories stored on their premises adds substantial value to asset-based lending. The revival of long-dormant warehouse finance should prove to be a major catalyst for the warehouse industry to branch into logistics financing.