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The euro rate ECB, while the yen strengthens against the dollar post-BoJ, January 24, 2024

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On Wednesday, the yen strengthened as a result of a growing conviction among investors that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) was poised to conclude its monetary policy stimulus in the months ahead. Concurrently, the dollar maintained its position against major rivals due to the prevailing expectation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) would exercise caution and not hastily implement interest rate cuts.

During the Asian session, the Japanese currency experienced a notable increase of 0.41%, reaching 147.76 against the dollar. This surge was attributed to the rise in yields on Japanese government bonds, which reached six-week highs. The upswing followed a statement made on Tuesday by Kazuo Ueda, the chief of the central bank, indicating that the likelihood of the BoJ achieving its inflation target was gradually improving.

The yen received an additional boost during Wednesday's trading session due to a decline in the long-term yields of U.S. Treasury bonds—a trend closely monitored by the dollar-yen pair in the foreign exchange market.

Ray Attrill, the head of currency research at the National Australia Bank, remarked that Ueda's comments instilled confidence in the market regarding the potential exit from the current policy, suggesting that April could indeed be a realistic timeframe. At the same time, in the short-term perspective, Attrill expressed the view that testing the 150 level was much more probable than a downward move to the 145 area for the dollar-yen currency pair. He pointed out that the currency pair is sensitive to an increase in bond yields, particularly following an overly aggressive pricing of the risk associated with a Fed interest rate cut in the near future.

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USD/JPY daily chart, MetaTrader, 24.01.2024

In the recent comments from the Federal Reserve, made just before entering a media silence period leading up to the political decision scheduled for January 31, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly expressed on Friday that the current state of monetary policy is in a "good place." She emphasized that it is premature to make assumptions about the inevitability of interest rate cuts at this point.

Earlier in the same week, Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller also provided insight, stating that policymakers would proceed "carefully and slowly." Investors interpreted this stance as a deliberate effort to resist any pressure for a rapid reduction in interest rates.

Looking ahead, the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to make a decision on monetary policy on Thursday. While there are no expectations for changes in interest rates, investors will closely monitor both the tone of the official statement and the subsequent press conference by ECB President Christine Lagarde. These events are anticipated to provide valuable clues regarding the potential future direction of interest rates.

In terms of currency movements, the euro experienced a modest increase of 0.11%, reaching $1.0864, following a decline to $1.0822 on Tuesday—the first time it had fallen to this level since December 13. Simultaneously, the British pound saw a 0.13% increase, reaching $1.2703, thereby recovering slightly from a 0.2% overnight decline.

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EUR/USD daily chart, MetaTrader, 24.01.2024

Looking further into the near future, there are several upcoming central bank meetings. The Bank of England is slated to announce its policy decision on February 1. Meanwhile, on the same day, the Bank of Canada is convening, with expectations that it will maintain its key overnight rate at the 22-year low of 5%. The Canadian dollar experienced a slight increase to $1.34695 following a 0.15% decline on Tuesday.


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