The yen slid to its lowest level in seven years versus the dollar after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called early elections seeking to renew his mandate for economic stimulus as the nation entered a recession.
The 18-nation euro declined versus most of its 31 major peers as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said officials “will do what we must” to raise inflation. The Swiss franc tested its cap versus the weakening shared currency as a central bank official vowed to defend it. The yen fell for a sixth week against the euro, the longest streak since December 2013, as the Bank of Japan warned inflation may slip below 1 percent before a consumer prices report Nov. 27.
“We have uncertainty on the political front and we have weaker domestic data combined with very aggressive policy coming from the central bank, all of which should be driving a weaker yen,” said Camilla Sutton, chief foreign-exchange strategist at Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto.