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Yen Joins Aussie Resilience as Currencies Snub Policy Stimulus

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For policy makers from Tokyo to Sydney, expanding stimulus has proven to be no guarantee of a weaker currency.

The yen and Aussie are both trading stronger than before the announcement of increased stimulus in Japan and Australia over the past week. Both Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevenshave indicated that currency strength represents a headwind for their economies.

Part of the problem lies beyond their control: lackluster U.S. growth amid flare ups in geopolitical tension — including the U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union — has persuaded the Federal Reserve to hold off on raising interest rates this year. Futures signal tighter U.S. monetary policy won’t happen until mid-2017.

“The RBA delivered about what was expected, but the Aussie got caught up in the U.S. dollar’s fall,” said Imre Speizer, a market strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Auckland. “Had the BOJ been bolder, the yen would probably have weakened.”

The yen traded at 101.13 per dollar at 10:15 a.m. in Tokyo, 0.2 percent weaker than Wednesday. It had surged 4.3 percent over the previous three days.

Kuroda and his board disappointed investors Friday by leaving bond buying and the negative deposit rate unchanged, even as they increased exchange-traded-fund purchases. That sentiment was compounded after details of fiscal spending released Tuesday showed only 4.6 trillion yen ($45 billion) in extra spending from an overall package worth 28 trillion yen.

The Aussie fell 0.2 percent to 75.93 U.S. cents, following a 1 percent rally on Tuesday, when the RBA cut its key rate by a quarter point to a record 1.5 percent. The rates move was predicted by 20 of 25 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

 

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Naira Opens the Week at N413.30 Against U.S Dollar

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The Nigerian Naira opened better than expected against the United States Dollar at the Investors and Exporters forex window on Monday following a record decline on Friday.

The local currency opened at N413.30 against the U.S Dollar on Monday, representing N1.6 or 0.39 percent improvement when compared to Friday’s closing rate of N414.90.

On Friday, investors turnover at the Investors and Exporters forex window stood at $193.59 million. While Naira spot rate dropped to as low as N415 against the United States Dollar and forward rate of the local current hits N432.05 to a greenback.

However, at the unregulated parallel market, the Naira remained at over N550 to a United States Dollar on Monday, according to operators.

Despite the Central Bank of Nigeria stopping the sale of forex to bureau de change operators and forcing media companies from publishing black market rates, the naira remained under pressure and trading at record lows across key foreign exchange markets.

Efforts to curb further decline and boost the local currency’s value are yet to crystalise as chronic scarcity due to years of weak foreign revenue and over-reliance on importation continues to weigh on Naira outlook.

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Naira Gained Slightly at I&E Forex Window to N412.81/$US

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Despite the Nigerian Naira trading at a record-low across the nation’s unregulated black market, the embattled currency opened slightly higher at N412.81 to a United States Dollar on Monday at the Investors and Exporters Forex Window, representing an increase of 0.08 percent when compared to the N412.88 it closed on Friday.

The improvement in Naira value was after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed all depoisit money banks operating in the country to freeze bank accounts linked to Oniwinde Olusegun Adedotun, the founder of www.abokfx.com, a forex rate publishing platform.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, CBN had blamed black market and bureau de change operators for the constant plunge in Naira value against its global counterparts and insisted that forex rates remained the apex bank stipulated rates and not the unregulated rates imposed by speculators and hoarders and published to the public by Abokifx and other business platforms.

There was a particular time I asked our colleagues to call the so-called owner of abokiFX, that we want to understand his model and how he came about advertising those rate, we find him as someone, a Nigerian who lives in England and conducts this nefarious activity on our economy.

“It is economic sabotage and we will pursue him, wherever he is, we will report him to international security agencies, we will track him, Mr Oniwinde, we will find you, because we cannot allow you to continue to conduct an illegal activity that kills our economy.” Emefiele said.

The governor further stated that the website was set up primarily manipulate and speculate forex rates. He said “they get naira loans, use to purchase dollars, take a position, change the rate over a given period, sell the dollars they purchased and make a profit, this is completely illegal, unacceptable and we will pursue them.”

On Friday, the last time Abokifx published unregulated forex rates, Naira was qouted at N570 to a United States Dollar while the British Pound and the Euro were quoted at N770 and N655, respectively.

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U.S Dollar Jumps to Three Weeks High on Better Than Expected Retail Sales

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The United States Dollar rose to a three-week high after data from the Commerce Department showed that the U.S retail sales rebounded in the month of August despite falling consumer confidence.

The US Dollar Index rose to 93.40 on Monday to extend Friday breakout above the 93.00 key resistance level.

U.S retail sales jumped to its highest in five months in the month of August to beat 0.8 percent decline predicted by experts. Retail sales grew by 0.7 percent in August to increase the odds of the US Federal Reserve announcing tapering during next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

U.S. consumption is not slowing as quickly as it appeared a month ago despite the fading stimulus, and the Delta variant did not much affect the industries feeding into retail sales,” said Chris Low, chief economist at FHN Financial in New York. “The economy continued to hum in August.”

Against the Japanese Yen, the U.S dollar strengthened to 109.48 from 109.91 attained on Friday on broad-based selloff during London trading session, while heavy selloff plunged British pound against the U.S dollar 1.36610 before reboundling slightly to 1.36946.

The Euro dropped from 1.17883 recorded on Friday to 1.16995 on Monday during London trading session.

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