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Focus on the Dollar/Yen Reaction to the BOJ Governor’s Press Conference

Focus on the Dollar/Yen Reaction to the BOJ Governor’s Press Conference

In today’s New York foreign exchange market, the initial focus will be on how US participants assess BOJ Governor Ueda’s press conference. After the reaction to domestic news has settled, trading will continue with a normal focus on US interest rate movements. Economic data to watch for includes the January Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index.

During the Tokyo session, the Dollar/Yen briefly saw a yen depreciation in response to the BOJ’s monetary policy decision but had returned to its previous levels before Governor Ueda’s press conference. During the conference, there were moments where the exchange rate slipped slightly below 147 yen, particularly in reference to the “certainty of achieving the price target.” It is undeniable that the outlook is increasing for the Bank of Japan to steer toward normalizing its monetary policy this spring. However, Governor Ueda also mentioned that “even if negative interest rates were to be lifted, an extremely accommodative environment would continue.” It will be interesting to see how the New York participants react to today’s press conference.

The January Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index is expected to improve to -6 from December’s -11. In the afternoon, an auction of US 2-year bonds will also take place. Nevertheless, the focus material leading up to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on January 30-31 will likely be the December Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index released on January 26. This index is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) as an inflation indicator.

It is worth noting that the “Fed Watch” calculated by the CME Group based on the movement of federal funds rate futures suggests a probability of approximately 56% for a status quo decision in the March FOMC meeting, exceeding the expectation of a 0.25% rate cut.


The Japanese yen is experiencing fluctuations following the BOJ Governor’s press conference, and as a result, the US dollar is also exhibiting increased volatility. The US dollar has been bought up considerably, so a gradual correction is expected. From here, I am taking a USD-selling stance and initiating purchases in Bitcoin.

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