The U.S. Dollar and Japanese Yen both lost ground in early London trading today following movements by the government of Australia to further stimulate their flagging economy with a key interest rate cut and the unveiling of a new stimulus package, and the Bank of Japan’s recently announced scheme to buy shares. Australia’s Reserve Bank reduced the key cash rate by 1%, to a new low of 3.25; this move was widely expected, however
The Japanese Yen saw some gains versus other major currencies in early trading today in Tokyo, after the release of less than favorable economic data from the Euro Zone and the United States raised fears of investors of the strong possibility of a longer than expected economic recession. As a result, investors shied away from high yielding currencies including the New Zealand and Australian Dollars, and turned toward the safe haven Japanese Yen.
The Pound Sterling lost ground today against the U.S. Dollar, as continued losses in the equity markets heightened risk aversion, and helped prop up the greenback. However, the Pound was able to gain an edge on the Euro, coming close to 90 Pence, which was the highest price in 11 days.
On January 29, 2009 in Tokyo trading, the U.S. Dollar dipped slightly against the Japanese Yen, after rising yesterday due to a surge in U.S. shares as the Federal Reserve did not commit itself to purchase longer term Treasuries. Yesterday, the Federal Reserve maintained interest rates near zero after a two-day meeting, although it was announced that they were prepared to acquire longer dated Treasury debt, if it was perceived that that would improve the liquidity crisis.
On January 28, 2009, in Tokyo, the U.S. Dollar edged up versus the Japanese Yen as an enhanced appetite for risk encouraged investors to move out of the safe-haven Yen. Meanwhile the U.S. Dollar dipped against the Euro as investors awaited the outcome the meeting at the Federal Reserve bank, which will be concluded later today and will reveal the steps being taken by the Fed to ease the credit crunch. The benchmark interest rate in the United States is almost near zero, investors are looking for additional policy measures, such as the acquisition of long-dated Treasuries.
On January 27, 2009 in Tokyo, the Japanese Yen dropped against the Euro and the Pound Sterling as Tokyo shares surged following the Japanese government’s confirmation of a plan to inject more capital into the banking system, which is expected to assist companies hurt by the global financial crisis. The Japanese government’s plan is to initiate a $16.7 billion proposal to acquire shares in troubled companies.
On January 26, 2009 in Tokyo, the U.S. Dollar climbed, closing in on a near quarter century high against the Pound Sterling and a 6-week high against the Euro, as worries about the worldwide recession and financial sector difficulties prompted investors to stay away from risky assets.
On January 23, 2009 in early trading in Tokyo, the Japanese Yen held firm versus major currencies on lingering worries and economic fears over the global financial sectors. Trade was restrained and investors appeared to be adjusting their positions given the fact that there are few major economic events in advance of this weekend and next week’s New Year’s holiday in China.
On January 21, 2009 in early trading in Tokyo, the Pound Sterling and the Euro gained slightly, recuperating from earlier losses as investors soften somewhat on risk aversion. But market worries persisted over huge losses in the banking sector in the U.K. and the protracted Euro Zone recession, which limited the rebound of the Pound Sterling and the Euro.
Today, January 20, 2009 in early Tokyo trading, the U.S. Dollar gained versus a basket of currencies as the Pound Sterling extended losses to a 7-year low against the U.S. Dollar, following the announcement by the Royal Bank of Scotland of the largest loss in the U.K.’s corporate history and also investors’ renewed concerns about the global financial sector.
In early morning trading in Tokyo, the U.S. Dollar and the Japanese Yen lost ground, as Asian share prices propped up U.S. stocks as a result of investors’ optimism that forthcoming bold and aggressive economic measures would be implemented not long after President-elect Obama is sworn into office on Tuesday, January 20, at 12:00 pm (EST).
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In early morning trading in Tokyo, the Japanese Yen slipped broadly after U.S. stocks saw some gains on optimism about a new U.S. stimulus package. The Japanese Yen’s retreat against the Euro enabled the single currency to extend its rebound from a 5-week low against the U.S. Dollar.
Most major currencies traded narrowly today; the Euro struggled to advance while the Japanese Yen found support as global economic pressure increases and investors are paying attention to the forthcoming interest rate decision by the European Central Bank. Investors expect that the ECB will have to reduce interest rates today in order to curb inflation in the Euro Zone.
The U.S Dollar edged down slightly from a 1-month high versus the Euro today but remained fortified as investors are confident that the European Central Bank will have to reduce interest rates in the Euro Zone by week’s end. According to most analysts, the ECB should reduce interest rates by 0.5% from the current 2.5% during Thursday’s meeting, in order to curb the potential protracted economic downturn in the Euro Zone.