Week in FX Asia – Hot Money Booking Yen Profits

This has been a tough week for anyone involved in two of the markets most crowded trades – long the Nikkei and short Yen. Dealers and investors like volatility, it provides opportunity. However, having an equity index decline -7.9% in a single session is maybe a tad too much for some individuals to stomach.

Even though risk aversion promotes holding Yen, it’s the “capitulation” trade that underlies much of the USD/JPY move lower this week. Mind you, investors can also point blame at a few ‘official comments’ that have also aided the Yen’s in its rapid rise. Earlier this week, Japan’s Economic minister said that the Yen’s gain is a natural reaction to curb the overly rapid equity rise. Combine this with the MOF data revealing that the domestic investor was selling foreign assets again last week and this market had the basic ingredients to ignite a Yen rise.

Despite the market being deeply negative on the Yen, which would suggest that dollar bids remain on the downside, the mere presence of such enormous paper profits in long Nikki and short Yen is making profit taking as the markets prime motivator lower. Even though foreign hot money has been driving the Japanese equity rally and the Yen decline, the dollar bids could disappear if prices were to make an assault on ¥100.

Next week Kuroda and BoJ will set the initial tone for Yen trading ahead of Japanese inflation numbers later in the week.

Dean Popplewell, Director of Currency Analysis and Research @ OANDA MarketPulseFX



* JPY BOJ Governor Kuroda Speech in Tokyo
* JPY Bank of Japan meeting minutes
* USD Consumer Confidence
* JPY Bank of Japan conference
* EUR German Unemployment Change
* EUR German Consumer Price Index
* CAD Bank of Canada Rate Decision
* USD Gross Domestic Product
* USD Gross Domestic Product Price Index
* JPY National Consumer Price Index
* CNY Manufacturing PMI
* EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index
* CAD Gross Domestic Product

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Dean Popplewell

Dean Popplewell

Vice-President of Market Analysis at MarketPulse
Dean Popplewell has nearly two decades of experience trading currencies and fixed income instruments. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets. He is respected among professional traders for his skilled analysis and career history as global head of trading for firms such as Scotia Capital and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining OANDA in 2006, Dean has played an instrumental role in driving awareness of the forex market as an emerging asset class for retail investors, as well as providing expert counsel to a number of internal teams on how to best serve clients and industry stakeholders.
Dean Popplewell