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Ruth Carson
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 19, 2022
Stealth intervention talk permeates market as yen approaches ¥150
Dropping to u00a5150 is seen as an important psychological level in Japan and a break may increase pressure on authorities for further action.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 10, 2022
Yen traders show resilience to risk of more Japan intervention
One-week implied volatility in the dollar-yen has fallen to trade well below highs seen last month, even as the currency pair closes on u00a5145.90 per dollar.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 26, 2022
Crisis level risks loom in Asia as U.S. Fed rate pressure forces yen and yuan to sink
While others are digging deep into foreign-exchange reserves to mitigate the damage, the yuan and yen's slump threatens the region's mantle as a preferred destination for risk investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 23, 2022
It’s every nation for itself as dollar batters global currencies
Japan has become the latest major country to step directly into the foreign-exchange fray, joining nations from India to Chile that have been tapping their dollar stockpiles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 16, 2022
Japan’s contradictory stance leaves yen at risk of further slide
This week, as the finance minister was warning he would step into markets to shore up the yen if needed, the BOJ was boosting bond purchases to keep yields low.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Aug 8, 2022
Yen shorts fall out of fashion as recessionary fears end year’s hottest forex trade
Three key pillars of the sell-the-yen trade — a widening U.S.-Japan interest-rate gap, soaring oil prices and the loss of the currency's haven status — are crumbling.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 3, 2022
Ripples from Pelosi's Taiwan visit may take time to impact global markets
The developments are fanning fresh jitters in markets already spooked by the threat of a global slowdown amid surging inflation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2022
Big yen short in doubt for global traders even as Tokyo piles in
A split seems to be forming between a growing number of bearish yen watchers in Tokyo and their more positive foreign counterparts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 4, 2022
Traders face showdown with Kuroda as BOJ policy rips every asset
Selling the yen remains one of the hottest macro trades after BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda rammed home the message at the last policy meeting in June that it's too early to cut back on stimulus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 20, 2022
Japan's 'Mr. Yen' says currency may weaken to ¥150 level last seen in 1990
The former official said the contrast between a hawkish Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan's loose monetary policy remains the single biggest driver of the yen's weakness.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 3, 2022
How the Bank of Japan took on the bond vigilantes and won — for now
Japan was the epicenter of market drama after the central bank set in motion a four-day buying spree of government bonds last week to stave off a global debt rout.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 27, 2022
Day traders in Japan bet the world is wrong about a weak yen
As the yen slumped to a six-year low against the dollar last week, retail investor net-long aggregate positions in the currency climbed to u00a5258 billion — an all-time high.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 18, 2020
Wall Street’s prediction of ¥100 to the dollar catching on at Japan banks
The yen at u00a5100 to the dollar is a tough call for Japan's banks, mainly because it's the point where domestic exporters start losing money.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 9, 2019
'Japanification' — The scourge threatening to go global in 2020
First it was Japan. Then Europe. Now investors are scanning the world for the next outbreak of stagnant inflation and tumbling yields.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 25, 2019
Shaving milliseconds off currency trades could make Singapore billions
Singapore is seizing an opportunity measured in milliseconds to win a bigger slice of the world's foreign exchange market, worth $5.1 trillion (¥570 trillion) daily.

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