OctaFX | OctaFX Forex Broker
Open trading account

Forex Flash: Look for further USD/JPY upside - UBS

A second wave of USDJPY buying is due, notes Gareth Berry, FX strategist at UBS, adding that "Japanese real money is still waiting in the wings and the life insurance industry in particular still has yen to sell."

Gareth continues: "Lifers maintain FX hedges worth about US$340 bn but one-by-one the incentives to trim these are falling into place. Admittedly, hedging costs are still very low. But yield spreads are rising, lifer risk tolerance has improved, and the yen has embarked on what we believe is a long-term downtrend."

The analyst predicts there might be about US$155 bn worth of yen selling still to be made, should pre-crisis hedge ratios return.

With regards to timing, Mr. Berry says: "The arrival of the new fiscal year on April 1st provides a good opportunity for lifers to review hedging practices. A fresh wave of USDJPY buying could follow soon afterwards − encouraged further by another round of easing from the Bank of Japan likely on April 4th. We look for further USDJPY upside and keep our year-end forecast at 100."

Forex Flash: A storm to and through 100 brewing in USD/JPY - RBS

If the ongoing rally in the USD/JPY failed to satisfy enough buyers, RBS FX strategist Greg Gibbs think that "a potent storm is brewing for the next leg, sharply higher, in USD/JPY to to and through 100..."
Read more Previous

Forex: GBP/USD resting above 1.4900

As it has been the norm in latest Asian trade for more than a week so far, Cable has not moved much in recent session, last at 1.4920, barely below previous weekly close Friday, with no upside for the time being, and session lows at 1.4900. Paradoxically, Cable's daily average range has been on the rise hitting fresh 1-year highs around the 140 pips per day, but all of them made during London and NY sessions.
Read more Next
Start livechat