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The Risk and Opportunity In Evaluating USDJPY, Yen Crosses Next Move

The Risk and Opportunity In Evaluating USDJPY, Yen Crosses Next Move

2016-04-01 01:07:00
John Kicklighter, Chief Currency Strategist
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Talking Points:

  • USDJPY is 10 percent off the 13-year high set this past May, yet is above the mid-point of the past 20 year range
  • Upside pressures are less motivated by monetary policy skew than speculative capitulation on heavy short interest
  • For downside pressure, the threat of broad risk deleveraging would expose very expensive carry in the Yen crosses

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It is important to always consider the scenarios that could work against a trade you intend to take. It's also good practice to regularly re-visit current to trades to ensure they are still the positions you intended to take in the first place with convincing risk-reward. Recently, the case for a USDJPY rally has gained better fundamental and technical traction. So, I wanted to review my medium-to-long term bearish case. For the bullish view on USDJPY and Yen crosses, the relative monetary policy case offers limited foothold. More convincing are the possibility of a speculative capitulation on long Yen exposure and perhaps global divestment from Japanese assets. However, weighed against the bear case of full-scale and broad risk aversion; the probability-potential mix still suit my time frame. I run down my evaluation of the most convincing technical and fundamental factors in both the bullish and bearish scenarios for USDJPY (and other Yen crosses) in today's Strategy Video.

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