Bank of Japan Inaction Helps Yen
The Bank of Japan decided against taking any more action to ease at this time, and that is helping the Japanese yen. Forex traders had been expecting the Bank of Japan to ease further, in an attempt to keep the yen weak, but the BOJ offered something of a surprise following the recent downgrade by Fitch.
Citing faster economic growth, Bank of Japan officials decided to forgo additional easing measures during the most recent BOJ policy meeting. Leaders insist that public investment has increased, along with private consumption. This situation has resulted in the BOJ deciding that further easing in an attempt to stimulate the economy is not needed.
Without the specter of more easing (at least for now), Forex traders feel a little more confident about buying the yen. The yen has strengthened against its major counterparts since the announcement. Even the Fitch downgrade didn’t do much to really slow the yen — especially against struggling European currencies. Now, with the yen back in the good graces of the Forex community, there is a chance that it will become popular as a safe haven currency again.
At 13:04 GMT USD/JPY is lower at 74.4760, down from the open at 1.5761. EUR/JPY is down to 100.7045 from the open at 101.4300. GBP/JPY is down to 125.0750 from the open at 126.0100.
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Earlier News About the Japanese Yen:
- Yen Slides as Fitch Downgrades Japan (2012-05-22)
- Yen Falls vs. Majors as Traders Anticipate Intervention from BoJ (2012-05-16)
- Japanese Yen Strengthens on Risk Aversion (2012-05-09)
- Japanese Yen Mixed in Forex Trading (2012-05-04)
- Japanese Yen Gains Ground on Risk Aversion (2012-05-02)