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Friday, August 12, 2022
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Dollar up, records slight gains on Japanese yen

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Moves in the pair could slow this week, but the dollar will climb further on the yen in the coming months as the gap between U.S. and Japanese interest rates widens, CBA analysts predicted

The dollar was up on Monday morning in Asia, recording slight gains on the Japanese yen to as much as 119.3 yen and challenging the six-year peak of 119.39 touched on Friday.

The U.S. Dollar Index edged up 0.05% to 98.278 by 3:47 AM GMT.

The USD/JPY pair edged up 0.01% to 119.19, with Japanese markets closed for a holiday.

The AUD/USD pair inched down 0.19% to 0.7401, while the NZD/USD pair edged up 0.04% to 0.6905.

The USD/CNY pair inched up 0.04% to 6.3640 while the GBP/USD pair edged down 0.16% to 1.3159.

The yen continued to drop on Monday, while the Australian and New Zealand dollars remained bid. A slew of global central bank policymakers, including U.S. Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, will also speak throughout the week.

Moves in the pair could slow this week, but the dollar will climb further on the yen in the coming months as the gap between U.S. and Japanese interest rates widens, CBA analysts predicted.

Japan’s inflation dynamic is very different to that experienced in other major economies we monitor. As a result, an exit from the ultra-easy monetary policy by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) remains a long way off in our view, they added.

BOJ kept its dovish policy as it handed down its policy decision on Friday. This contrasted with the Fed’s approach, which saw it hike its interest rate the previous Wednesday.

CME’s Fedwatch predicted a nearly a 90% chance of at least 75 basis points of increases across the Fed’s meetings in May and June 2022. Such high expectations helped the dollar climb steadily in the early part of this year, but with many Fed increases already priced in, it could struggle to gain further, according to some investors.

Given already-hawkish market expectations of Fed tightening, it is hard to foresee greenback strength persisting beyond the near term, Barclays analysts told Reuters.

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