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Japanese Yen Tumbles on Yields, Aussie Dollar Linked to S&P 500

Japanese Yen Tumbles on Yields, Aussie Dollar Linked to S&P 500

2012-02-14 23:00:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Product
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The Japanese Yen has fallen sharply against the US Dollar as the Bank of Japan sinks domestic bond yields, while the Australian Dollar offers superior yield differentials to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust as a proxy for the US S&P 500 itself.

The short-term link between the USDJPY and the US 10-Year Treasury Note Yield remains quite strong, and relatively stable US interest rate expectations favor further topside. Japanese interest rate expectations took a hit when the Bank of Japan announced aggressive monetary policy easing. As long as the US Federal Reserve keeps policy expectations mostly unchanged, the USDJPY should trade higher.

Past performance is not indicative of future results, but we believe the USDJPY will continue to track yield differentials while the AUDUSD remains an attractive proxy to holding positions in the US S&P 500.

Forex Correlations Summary

View forex correlations to the SPDR Gold ETF Trust (GLD), United States Oil Fund ETF (USO), SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust (DIA), UK FTSE 100 Index, and IShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) prices.

GLD

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

AUDUSD

USDCAD

NZDUSD

USDOLLAR

1 Week

0.81

0.82

-0.08

0.74

-0.56

0.49

-0.75

1 Month

0.41

0.34

-0.31

0.55

-0.17

0.47

-0.62

3 Month

0.54

0.51

-0.21

0.70

-0.56

0.70

-0.64

1 Year

0.14

0.22

-0.10

0.25

-0.20

0.21

-0.26

USO

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

AUDUSD

USDCAD

NZDUSD

USDOLLAR

1 Week

0.72

0.72

0.08

0.94

-0.94

0.91

-0.85

1 Month

0.40

-0.20

0.26

0.33

-0.51

0.27

-0.19

3 Month

0.33

0.28

0.04

0.52

-0.51

0.51

-0.40

1 Year

0.47

0.36

0.01

0.59

-0.56

0.48

-0.51

DIA

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

AUDUSD

USDCAD

NZDUSD

USDOLLAR

1 Week

0.63

0.58

-0.04

0.93

-0.90

0.96

-0.85

1 Month

0.39

0.44

0.20

0.72

-0.61

0.47

-0.51

3 Month

0.59

0.60

-0.12

0.88

-0.84

0.80

-0.73

1 Year

0.64

0.54

-0.05

0.79

-0.81

0.75

-0.70

FTSE100

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

AUDUSD

USDCAD

NZDUSD

USDOLLAR

1 Week

0.33

0.55

-0.07

0.72

-0.82

0.92

-0.69

1 Month

0.24

0.22

0.13

0.48

-0.60

0.49

-0.29

3 Month

0.42

0.38

-0.05

0.74

-0.69

0.72

-0.54

1 Year

0.45

0.35

0.00

0.69

-0.66

0.63

-0.56

SLV

EURUSD

GBPUSD

USDJPY

AUDUSD

USDCAD

NZDUSD

USDOLLAR

1 Week

0.82

0.79

-0.05

0.89

-0.74

0.71

-0.85

1 Month

0.38

0.47

-0.24

0.64

-0.13

0.44

-0.65

3 Month

0.60

0.50

-0.21

0.68

-0.62

0.66

-0.65

1 Year

0.30

0.30

-0.05

0.40

-0.35

0.35

-0.38

Perfect Positive Correlation:

1.00

Perfect Negative Correlation:

-1.00

forex_trading_correlations_us_dollar_japanese_yen_yields_body_Picture_1.png, Japanese Yen Tumbles on Yields, Aussie Dollar Linked to S&P 500

US Dollar/Japanese Yen Exchange Rate (lhs)

US 10-Year Treasury Note Yield (rhs)

Correlation between US Dollar/Japanese Yen and US 10-Year Treasury Note Yield

The US Dollar/Japanese Yen exchange rate has surged as the Bank of Japan announces aggressive monetary policy easing, while comparatively firm expectations for the US Federal Reserve leave the US Dollar on stronger footing. The Japanese central bank announced that it would further expand its balance sheet and create more Yen by purchasing Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs).

This pushed JGB yields lower, while US Treasuries remained unchanged.

We believe that the US Dollar stands to gain further against the Japanese Yen on the Bank of Japan’s recent actions. Given the strong correlation between the USDJPY and yield differentials, interest rate and monetary policy expectations should be enough to lift the USDJPY steadily off of record lows.

forex_trading_correlations_us_dollar_japanese_yen_yields_body_Picture_2.png, Japanese Yen Tumbles on Yields, Aussie Dollar Linked to S&P 500

Australian Dollar/US Dollar Exchange Rate (lhs)

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (rhs)

Correlation between Australian Dollar/ Exchange Rate and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)

The Australian Dollar remains strongly correlated to the US S&P 500 Volatility Index, offering an interesting proxy to trading the US stock market. Australia boasts the highest short-term interest rates of the G10, and Aussie Dollar/US Dollar positions offer one of the biggest interest rate differentials for major currencies.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust tracks the US S&P 500 with near-perfect accuracy. Yet based on dividend yield alone, the Australian Dollar seems like an attractive alternative to the popular ETF. According to Google Finance, the Dividend Yield of the SPY currently stands at 1.91%. The spread between overnight interbank rate in Australian and US Dollars stands at a significant 4.27%. FX traders won’t receive that full spread due to transaction costs, but the spread will remain superior.

The major risk in using the AUDUSD as a proxy for trading the S&P 500 is that the correlation will break down. Yet we see few reasons for why that might happen, and indeed the link remains strong through recent trading.

--- Written by David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist for DailyFX.com

To contact David, e-mail drodriguez@dailyfx.com

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