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  • Month on month Japanese inflation rose at its fastest pace in 10 years
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Japanese Inflation Accelerates at its Fastest Pace Over the Last 10 Years

Japanese inflation (headline CPI) rose to 3.3% from the prior 3.0% for the month of September, while the global measure of core inflation (inflation minus volatile items like food and energy) dipped from 4.2% to 4%. However, the standout from the data was the month-on-month number which revealed a notable acceleration of inflation heading into the end of the year. The Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda has previously expressed that the board will have enough data on hand by year end to make a decision on potential policy normalization, in other words removing negative interest rates.


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The chart below shows the pace of month on month inflation data in Japan which has revealed a trend of making higher highs despite the volatile spikes lower too. The bank is closely watching inflation and wage growth data as these are the main determinants of whether demand-driven pressures are likely to persist at elevated levels sustainably.

Japanese Inflation (Month on Month)


Source: Refinitiv, prepared by Richard Snow

The Japanese Yen has surrendered the majority of last week’s gains as can be seen by the Japanese Yen Index below. The index is a equal-weighted index consisting of four major currencies against the yen.

Japanese Yen Index (USD/JPY. GBP/JPY, EUR/JPY, AUD/JPY)


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

USD/JPY Gives Little Away, Testing Dynamic Resistance

USD/JPY came in flat yesterday and appears to be on track for a second day in a row of little change in the opening and closing price. The pair has rallied for the week and is on track for a weekly advance which appears to be capped around 150 once again.

The 50-day simple moving average, which acted previously as dynamic support has now switched to dynamic resistance and is keeping the pair contained. If US growth and inflation data next week registers disappointing numbers, we could see another drift lower. EU GDP was revised lower yesterday and the US is hoping not to follow in the same steps as Europe but the warning signs are there.

USD/JPY Daily Chart

Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow


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Positioning Remains Heavily Short Yen, Long USD/JPY is Overcrowded

According to the latest CoT data, smart money positioning remains heavily short compared to readings over the last three years, with the gap appearing to widen still. The risk here is that upside potential in USD/JPY appears limited with the 150 market watched closely despite the lack of urgency surrounding potential FX intervention from Tokyo; and a sharp move to the downside could force a liquidation in long USD/JPY positions, exacerbating the potential move. The dollar has come under pressure as weaker fundamental data now has the US heading in the same direction as other less resilient major economies, suggesting there still may be more easing to come from the greenback.


Source: Refinitiv, prepared by Richard Snow

USD/JPY may struggle for direction at the start of next week until we get US GDP and PCE data on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

— Written by Richard Snow for DailyFX.com

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