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Yen Soars as Sentiment Deteriorates Across Financial Markets

Yen Soars as Sentiment Deteriorates Across Financial Markets

Talking Points:

  • Yen gains as BOJ, Deutsche Bank drive broad-based risk aversion
  • Brexit-linked news flow pulls Pound into wider risk on/off dynamics
  • Comments from ECB’s Draghi, Fed officials compound negativity

The Japanese Yen outperformed in overnight trade as stocks slumped in Asian trade, offering support for the anti-risk currency. The deterioration in investors’ mood began to gain momentum after a speech by Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. The central bank head said pushing the interest rate on excess reserves deeper into negative territory will be the main tool to increase easing under the BOJ’s new policy regime. The markets have been skeptical of the approach since it was introduced earlier in the year.

News out of Germany compounded risk-off dynamics. Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out state assistance for Deutsche Bank and refused to lobby on the lender’s behalf with US regulators ahead of elections in 2017, according to a report from Focus magazine. The US Justice Department may seek as much as $14 billion in sanctions linked the involvement of Deutsche’s MBS arm in the US mortgage crisis that triggered the Great Recession in 2008.

Interestingly, the British Pound suffered outsized losses alongside the typically sentiment-geared Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Dollars as European shares followed Asian bourses downward. A number of Brexit-related headlines emerged over the weekend which may have contributed to a broadly toxic environment and pulled Sterling into risk on/off dynamics. Perhaps most notably, a survey from KPMG said three-quarters of large companies now plan to relocate some or all UK-based operations.

Looking ahead, a steep slump in S&P 500 futures ahead of the opening bell on Wall Street hints the dour mood aims to carry forward. Negativity may be compounded if the day’s Fed-speak mimics the hawkish posture of Chair Yellen, who all but promised tightening in December. References to Brexit’s negative knock-on effects on Eurozone growth in a speech from ECB President Draghi may also damage confidence.

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Asia Session

21:45NZDTrade Balance (AUG)-1265m-735m-433m
21:45NZDExports (AUG)3.39b3.60b3.96b
21:45NZDImports (AUG)4.65b4.30b4.40b
21:45NZDTrade Balance 12 Mth YTD (AUG)-3131m-2675m-3034m
23:50JPYBOJ Flow of Funds ---
05:00JPYLeading Index CI (JUL F)100.0-100.0
05:00JPYCoincident Index (JUL F)112.1-112.8
05:30JPYBOJ Kuroda Speaks in Osaka ---

European Session

08:00EURGerman IFO - Business Climate (SEP)109.5 (A)106.3Medium
08:00EURGerman IFO - Current Assessment (SEP)114.7 (A)112.9Medium
08:00EURGerman IFO - Expectations (SEP)104.5 (A)100.1Medium
08:00CHFTotal Sight Deposits 517.2b (A)516.7bLow
08:00CHFDomestic Sight Deposits516.7b (A)438.7bLow
08:00EURItalian Retail Sales (MoM) (JUL)-0.3% (A)0.3%Low
08:00EURItalian Retail Sales (YoY) (JUL)-0.2% (A)0.8%Low
08:30GBPBBA Loans for House Purchase (AUG)36997 (A)37672Low
09:30CHFSNB's Jordan Speaks in Geneva --Low
12:30EURECB Adviser Angeloni Speaks in London --Low
13:15EURECB's Coeure Speaks in Rome --Low
13:45EURECB Publishes Weekly QE Details --Low
13:50GBPBOE Bond-Buying Operation Results --Low
14:00EURECB’s Draghi Speaks at EU Parliament--Medium

Critical Levels

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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