Frothy Asia

    The Chinese yuan rose 0.2 percent, reflecting a
broadly weaker dollar and a higher mid-point set by the People's
Bank of China.
     There was muted reaction to solid Chinese trade numbers 
released earlier in the day, although the data reinforced a
growing view that the world's second-biggest economy is holding
its own even though the outlook has dimmed somewhat on the back
of Beijing's crackdown on debt risks.

    The won gained the most in the region, up 0.8
percent, its highest in more than two weeks.
    South Korea's central bank held its policy rate at a
record-low 1.25 percent for a 13th straight month on Thursday, a
widely expected decision as policy makers seek to boost subdued
private consumption and keep any thoughts of tightening off the
table for now.
    Stephen Innes, senior trader from Oanda sees this as good
sign as "it will keep the equity markets in a pretty good mood.
A rate hike could have tampered equity markets as much of the
inflow in South Korea has been predicated on the back of low
equity valuations."
    The benchmark South Korea stock index was up 1.2



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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