What to Expect From the Market

March 18, 2016

Japan’s Aso Eyes on Forex Market

Taro Aso, the Finance Minister of Japan is expected to closely watch on the forex market moves as the dollar declined to a 17-month low against the yen in response to the Federal Reserve’s dovish statement.    

When Aso was asked regarding the strengthening yen against dollar, followed by questions about its effect on the country’s economy, he declined to comment but said he will closely watch on the market’s movement.

The dollar dropped by about 110.65 yen, suggesting its weakest level since 2014. Meanwhile, the dollar change hands at 111.32 yen amid Friday’s session.

U.S. Fed Funds Remains at Hold

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s fund rate settled at 0.37 percent on Wednesday after aiming on this target for a monetary policy conduct.

The fed funds rate changed hands between 0.35 percent to 0.50 percent with about $63 billion.

Meanwhile, the fed funds rate traded between 0.35 percent to 0.50 percent on Tuesday with about $67 billion changing hands.

The funding rate of the Fed settled at 0.37 percent overnight on Wednesday for a 12th day.

Furthermore, the rates were measured using fed funds, including a certain Eurodollar transactions. It is designed to measure a broader fund of unsecured borrowing in the money markets of U.S.

On Wednesday, all transactions traded between 0.28 percent to 0.42 percent.

Conversely, the New York Fed stated that the rate on Wednesday was based on loans amounting to $299 billion, than Tuesday’s loans worth $302 billion.


BOJ Asks Market Participants amid Session

On Thursday, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) asks the reasons of the strengthening yen against the greenback to market participants during the U.S. session. However, it is not to check the rates, according to a person familiar with the issue.

When the person was asked about the report, he confirmed that it was not a rate check.

Instead, the central bank is asking about why the yen starts to move, according to another source.

The greenback rebounds back one full yen as the U.S. markets positioned back in line on Thursday. Investors remained cautious as the BOJ might intervene to pause the strengthening yen after the dollar drops about 110 yen.

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