The Bank of Japan (BOJ) headquarters is seen beyond the cherry blossoms in Tokyo on March 20, 2023.
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Asia-Pacific markets slipped Monday as investors look ahead to a week of central bank decisions.
The U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision is expected early Thursday in Asia, while Australia’s central bank will release its minutes for its Sept. 5 policy meeting on Tuesday.
On Friday, the Bank of Japan will conclude its monetary policy meeting and traders will be looking for clarity on when the BOJ will start to shift its ultra-easy monetary policy. Elsewhere, the People’s Bank of China is also expected to release its loan prime rate decisions on Friday.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 started the week down 0.13%, while South Korea’s Kospi also fell 0.32% and the Kosdaq slumped 0.42%.
Futures for Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index stood at 18,067, pointing to a weaker open compared to the HSI’s close of 18,182.89. Markets in Japan are closed for a public holiday.