USDJPY Slides in APAC Trade

But the dollar — which soared in November and December on expectation his big-spending, tax-cutting, deregulation plans would fan inflation — continued to struggle in January.

In early trade Monday it bought 113.60 yen, well down from 114.60 yen Friday and more than four percent down from the highs touched late in December. It was also well down against the euro and pound despite ongoing concerns about Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“I suspect we’re entering extremely volatile times for the dollar,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, said in a note.

“There remains a high level of uncertainty about the new administration’s dollar policies, especially following President Trump’s recent remarks on the strong dollar directed at China.”

Trump last week said the greenback was too strong against China’s yuan, which he claimed was “killing” the US economy.

The stronger yen dragged exporters on Tokyo’s Nikkei, which ended the morning 1.1 percent lower.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes
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