Thursday, August 25, 2011

Capital Economics: USD/JPY forecast

Currency strategists at Capital Economics still think that he greenback will be able to rise to 85.00 versus Japanese yen by the end of 2011. Such forecast is based on the assumption that the Bank of Japan will continue easing its monetary policy and that Japan will become less attractive as a refuge.

The specialists underline that if the Federal Reserve doesn’t start new round of QE, while the BOJ continues expanding its asset purchase program that will be sufficient to drive yen down. In addition, investors may start worrying about the economic and fiscal position of Japan itself.

Yesterday Moody’s Investors Service reduced Japan’s credit rating by one step to Aa3 – not very surprising event taking into account the fact that Japanese monetary authorities have made no efforts to reduce the nation’s dent.

It’s necessary to note, however, that if the Swiss Central Bank will do more easing measures to weaken franc, demand for yen may rise, says Capital Economics. In this case the pair USD/JPY may drop to 70 yen and even lower.

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