Yen Drops to Five-year Lows; COVID-19 Influence

Yen Drops to Five-year Lows; COVID-19 Influence

The dollar index fell on Monday. The yen has even reached a new five-year low. Global markets have experienced a resurgence of risk appetite. Investors prepare for central bank meetings this week in the US, Britain, and Japan. Uncertainty about the war in Ukraine led to a market sell on Friday. Stock exchanges resumed on Monday; hence, commodity prices fell.

Analysts attribute the resurgence of risk appetite to the fact that talks between Russia and Ukraine are reportedly progressing. The dollar index rose during Asian trade and reached a 22-month high. U.S. Treasury short-term revenue increased; However, it declined after opening European markets; Respectively fell to 98.9, totaling 0.1%. It sees the beginning of a risk-oriented week; However, this risk appetite and optimism disappears. Foreign exchange markets were also driven by the expectation that the U.S. Federal Reserve would raise rates at this week’s meeting.

Investors rated the price at 25 basis points with a 93% increase. Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell noted a considerable rise in interest rates this year. The U.S. dollar hit a five-year top against the yen, for a total of 118.06. Investors are betting that the Bank of Japan, which meets on Friday, will maintain its strong position despite rising inflationary pressures. Due to differing policy expectations between the Fed and the BoJ, the spread between U.S. and Japanese government bonds has widened.

Yen and New Obstacles

Ahead of the Bank of England meeting on Thursday, the British pound was still close to the 16-month low of 0.2% per day. The euro stood at $ 1.09545 and rose 0.5% in total.

The Australian dollar fell 0.6%, affected by commodity prices, and the New Zealand dollar fell 0.1%. The yuan weakened amid measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in China.

The dollar reached 6.3828 against the offshore yuan. This is the weakest rate of the yuan in more than a month. China reported more local symptomatic COVID-19 cases this year than in 2021. The high-performance Omicron option causes explosions from Shanghai to Shenzhen. The Chinese yuan began to feel weakened pressure due to the constant bad news for the economy. China also faces increased pressure from the West to clarify its position on the Ukraine war.