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US Dollar Positioning Warns of Risks versus Yen

US Dollar Positioning Warns of Risks versus Yen

David Rodriguez, Head of Product

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USDJPY – Retail FX traders are heavily long the US Dollar versus the Japanese Yen, and a contrarian view of crowd sentiment warns that the USD/JPY may test further lows. Indeed the current ratio of open long positions to short positions is a notable 2.6 to 1—near the extremes seen through USD/JPY tumbles through late August.

We see pivotal USD/JPY support at the ¥119 mark, and a recent drop in FX volatility prices suggests that a major breakdown remains unlikely. Yet it’s likewise clear that a clear move lower would likewise coincide with a significant jump in broader USD volatility, and traders should proceed with caution as the pair nears key price levels.

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