Asia FX Treads Water As Fed Meeting Looms, Dollar Inches Higher

Asia FX

Most Asian currencies moved little on Wednesday in anticipation of a Federal Reserve meeting, while the dollar crept higher as markets positioned for an interest rate hike and a potentially hawkish message from the central bank. The dollar firmed slightly against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index and dollar index futures advancing about […]

Asia FX Muted, Dollar Steadies As Fed Meeting Looms

Asia FX muted

Most Asian currencies moved little on Tuesday, while the dollar retained recent gains as caution kicked in ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting this week, with any signals on U.S. monetary policy squarely in focus. But most Asian units were set for strong gains in January amid expectations that the Fed will slow its pace […]

Asia FX Heads For Weekly Bounce, Dollar at 7-Mth Low on Easing Inflation


Most Asian currencies crept higher on Friday and were headed for steep weekly gains on the prospect of an eventual shift in the Federal Reserve’s hawkish stance, which also pushed the dollar to a seven-month low. The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to an over seven-month high against the dollar of 129.14, and was among the […]

Japanese Yen Rallies to 4-month High on BoJ Policy Tweak, Asia FX Slips

Asia FX slips

Most Asian currencies fell slightly on Tuesday as fears of a potential recession persisted, while the Japanese yen rallied past its peers after the Bank of Japan tweaked its ultra-dovish policy, drumming up hopes for an eventual pivot. The yen jumped 2.7% to 133.14 – its strongest level against the dollar in four months. The […]

Asia FX Muted, yen Supported By Bets on Eventual BoJ Pivot

Asia FX muted

Most Asian currencies moved little on Monday as fears of a potential recession and rising COVID-19 cases in China weighed on sentiment, while the Japanese yen gained on bets that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) could eventually tighten policy amid rising inflationary pressures. The yen rose 0.4% to 136.18 against the dollar after a report […]

Japan Extends Long Trade Deficit Run, Slow Chinese Demand Stokes Worry

Japan Extends

Japan logged a trade deficit for a 16th straight month in November as imports surged to a record level, while subdued growth in exports to China fanned concern about how COVID disruptions there could impact other economies. The trade deficit came in at 2 trillion yen ($14.8 billion) – the fourth month in a row […]

Asia FX Mixed as Fed Caution offsets Optimism Over Slowing Inflation

Asia FX

Most Asian currencies kept to a tight range on Wednesday in anticipation of an interest rate hike and more cues on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve, although sentiment was somewhat lifted by softer-than-expected U.S. inflation data. Most regional units rose on Tuesday after data showed U.S. consumer price index (CPI) inflation eased more than […]

Asia FX Sinks as Caution Over Fed, CPI inflation, Boosts Dollar


Most Asian currencies fell on Monday, while the dollar rose as markets hunkered down ahead of highly awaited signals on U.S. monetary policy from a Federal Reserve meeting and a reading on U.S. consumer inflation. Most regional units were also nursing losses from last week, amid growing concerns over a potential recession in 2023, which […]

Japan Upgrades Q3 GDP as Global Recession, COVID Risks Linger

Japan Upgrades

Japan’s economy, the world’s third-largest, shrank less than initially estimated in the third quarter, bolstering a view that it is slowly recovering from COVID-19 doldrums even as major export markets show further signs of weakening. Separate data showed the economy had recorded its first current account deficit in eight years in October, reflecting high import […]

Asia FX Rallies on China Reopening Fervor, Dollar Hits 5-Month Low


Most Asian currencies rose sharply on Monday as more Chinese cities relaxed some anti-COVID measures, while improving risk appetite and expectations of smaller rate hikes saw the dollar sink to an over five-month low. The yuan was the best performer for the day, rising 0.9% to 6.9628- its strongest level against the dollar since mid-September. […]