Yen tumbles to 24-year low, U.S. charge hike bets increase greenback By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japanese yen and U.S. greenback banknotes are seen with a foreign money alternate charge graph on this illustration image taken June 16, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration

By Rae Wee and Kevin Buckland

SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) – The greenback climbed to a 24-year peak in opposition to the Japanese yen on Thursday, as buyers braced for increased U.S. rates of interest whereas Japanese charges stay firmly pinned down.

In Asia commerce, the dollar hit a excessive of 139.69 yen, its highest since 1998, after gaining about 0.5% on the day before today’s shut. It was final up 0.17% at 139.2 yen.

“The primary driver stays charge differentials between Japan and the U.S., and even right this moment’s worth motion simply follows the in a single day transfer increased in U.S. charges. We predict the trail forward goes to rely upon how U.S. charges behave,” stated Sosuke Nakamura, a strategist at JPMorgan (NYSE:) in Tokyo.

Expectations for a 75-basis-point U.S. charge hike at subsequent month’s Federal Reserve assembly are rising on the again of stable financial knowledge, with Fed funds futures final pointing to round a 75% probability of such a rise.

This helped push the yield on benchmark 10 12 months U.S. Treasuries to a two month excessive of three.219% early on Tuesday. Japan’s coverage of yield curve management means its 10 12 months authorities bond yield is simply 0.24%.

A senior finance ministry official stated on Thursday that Japan was watching foreign money strikes with a “excessive sense of urgency”.

The surging greenback additionally pinned different main currencies down.

The euro fell 0.3% to only maintain above parity at $1.00235, whereas the risk-sensitive Australian and New Zealand {dollars} hit their lowest ranges since July.

They later pared losses, leaving the down 0.18% at $0.6831, and the down 0.24% at $0.6105.

Sterling was 0.16% decrease at $1.16015, having recovered just a little from a brand new 2-1/2 12 months low of $1.1570 hit early within the session. The pound misplaced 4.6% in August, its steepest month-to-month decline since October 2016.

“The excessive inflation and (the) fuel provide are nonetheless main points in each the euro zone and the UK, and I believe it will maintain downward stress on each these currencies,” stated Joseph Capurso, head of worldwide economics at Commonwealth Financial institution of Australia (OTC:).

“I can see the euro going again under parity once more fairly quickly.

Euro zone inflation rose to a report excessive at 9.1% in August, knowledge launched on Wednesday confirmed, solidifying the case for additional massive European Central Financial institution charge hikes to tame it.

The , which measures the dollar in opposition to a basket of currencies, was up 0.18% at 108.93, not far off its two-decade excessive of 109.48 hit on Monday.

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