The USD/JPY will finish the week very close to 99 yen per dollar. This week the spotlight was on the Fed and economic indicators. The main indicators this week were the US GDP and the NFP employment figures. US GDP surprised the market beating expectations by printing a 1.7 percent annual growth in the second quarter of 2013. Employment was not that positive and failed to beat expectations of around 185,000 new jobs. The US Economy did add 162,000 which along downwards revisions paint a more modest recovery than originally thought.
The Fed and Bank of Japan face similar risks. The Fed has the slight edge that the US economy is showing more pronounced signs of recovery, but it has hesitated to act with conviction on announcing an end of QE out of fear of compromising that fragile growth. Adding to the Federal Reserve’s issues is the fact that chairman Ben Bernanke will probably not be part of the Fed come next year. The Bank of Japan on the other hand have a solid structure in place as Governor Kuroda has been at the head of the central bank for only 6 months and achieved unanimous increase in stimulus. There have been some differences of opinion between members, but nothing as contradictory as Fed’s member statements.
Analysts and observers have made the case that the Bank of Japan needs to move off the Fed model of non-intervention if the economic recovery is happening, but at a slower pace. The wait and see approach has done no favors for the JPY. This week Kuroda has a chance to increase his reputation as a bold policy maker with his Thursday’s statement following the rate announcement.
- Japan Sales Tax Hike Could Slow Down Growth to 1 Percent
- Australia Introduces Deposit Tax to Safeguard Against Bank Collapse
- India Changes Foreign Investment Rules to Boost Growth
- China Slowdown Will Pull Down Global Asset Prices – GIC
- Rupee Clocks in 3rd Monthly Loss
- The Bank of Japan Needs to Increase Stimulus if Yen is to Weaken
- China Politburo Send Assurances on Growth and Reform
- China PMI on Thursday Expected to Disappoint
- RBA Rate Cut a Done Deal Apparently
- Chinese Factories Likely to Suffer
- Rupee approaching 2013 low following RBI’s Non-Affirmation
- China Promise Economic Growth Amidst Reforms
- China Central Bank Injected Funds to Ease Cash Market Fears
- Economist Argues GDP is Wrong Metric to Measure China’s Growth
- Rupee Touches Two Week Lows After RBI Announces Undoing Latest Policies
- Japan Economics Minister Says Abandoning Sales Tax Hike Not An Option
- Japan Unemployment Rate Below 4 Percent
- Japanese Sales Tax Hike May Be Delayed
- Shinzo Abe Favoring No Tax Hike
- China Factory Profit Growth Slows
- Widening on Yuan Trading Band Expected