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Markets Peel Back Hopes for BoJ Policy Change



  • Weak Japanese economic data dampens optimism around BoJ policy shift.
  • Fed to keep rates at current levels but will inflation add to NFP and bolster hawkish bets?
  • Key support zone under threat.

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The Japanese Yen ended the week on a volatile note after being pushed and prodded from the Asian session all the way through to the much awaited Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) report. Japanese GDP significantly missed estimates and the QoQ print fell into negative territory thus heightening recessionary fears moving forward. This may keep the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) more cautious to tighten monetary policy despite high levels of inflation.

Although we have seen the BoJ Governor Ueda hint at a policy shift, I do not expect anything major from the December meeting without easing the market into it. Data dependency is more crucial than ever for the Japanese central bank as solid additional support for inflation and labor data is required to push the BoJ into changing their current stance. Money markets price in an interest rate hike around September/October 2024 (refer to table below) which supplements my expectation for no drastic changes just yet.


Source: Refinitiv

With no Japanese specific data scheduled next week (see economic calendar below), the US will come into focus. After an upside surprise via the NFP report on all metrics, the greenback may further its ascendency should inflation beat forecasts. That being said, the Federal Reserve is likely to keep rates on hold but could pair with a hawkish narrative from Fed Chair Jerome Powell to maintain a restrictive monetary policy environment. US PPI and retail sales will round off the high impact data for the week ahead of the following week’s BoJ rate announcement.



Source: DailyFX economic calendar

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Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

Daily USD/JPY price action above shows bears looking to breach the longer-term channel support zone. Support was found around the 200-day moving average (blue) as the pair moves into oversold territory on the Relative Strength Index (RSI). A weekly close in an around channel support/145.00 psychological handle will not confirm a downside bias and could spark a pullback for the USD.

Key resistance levels:

  • 148.52
  • 147.37
  • Channel support
  • 145.00

Key support levels:


IGCS shows retail traders are currently net SHORT on USD/JPY, with 68% of traders currently holding short positions (as of this writing).

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of clients are net long.

of clients are net short.

Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -5% 9% 4%
Weekly 10% -17% -10%

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