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Japanese Yen Vulnerable Against USD: BoJ/Fed Meetings Ahead

Reasons behind the Japanese Yen’s Decline and Factors Affecting USD/JPY Pair

The decline of the Japanese Yen against the US Dollar continues for the fifth consecutive day, reaching a one-and-a-half-week low. This trend is driven by the prevailing belief that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) is unlikely to make any significant changes to its super-easy monetary policy. BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda recently offered a more pessimistic view of the economy, further supporting this notion. Additionally, the announcement of an unscheduled bond operation by the BoJ adds to the pressure on the JPY, contributing to the USD/JPY pair’s upward momentum beyond the 149.00 level.

Anticipation surrounds the upcoming decisions by both the BoJ and the Federal Reserve (Fed) regarding their respective policy stances. The outcome of these meetings will influence market sentiment and guide investors in their trading decisions. Speculation suggests that the BoJ could potentially consider exiting its negative interest rate policy in April, depending on the results of spring wage negotiations. However, uncertainties surrounding the Fed’s rate cut trajectory may limit the USD’s strength, creating a balanced environment for the USD/JPY pair.

Recent developments in Japan, such as the decline in Machinery Orders and the statement from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi regarding the BoJ’s collaboration with the government, have added to the pressure on the JPY. On the other hand, positive signs, such as the increase in average wage demands reported by Japan’s largest trade union confederation, could signal a potential exit from the negative rates policy by the BoJ in the near future.

In the global market context, the release of higher-than-expected US producer and consumer price data has led investors to revise their expectations for aggressive policy easing by the Fed. This adjustment in market sentiment is supportive of the US Dollar and impacts its exchange rate against the Japanese Yen.

Ultimately, the dynamics between the BoJ’s policy decisions, wage negotiations in Japan, and US economic data will shape the near-term trajectory of the USD/JPY pair. Traders are advised to monitor these developments closely to make informed decisions in the evolving market environment.

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