Machinery orders for the Japanese economy came in much worse than analysts’ predictions in the early hours on of Monday morning.
As a major producer of goods worldwide, the report is key for investor confidence within Japan and increases in this figure normally mean that business confidence and investment is high and generally strong for the JPY. This meant that the Pound has had a strong start to the week against the JPY.
This week sees a host of economic data that could influence exchange rates. Wednesday could be set to be a busy day for the JPY, firstly domestically with industrial production figures for the month and year set to released, followed by foreign investor figures later on. Outside of Japan, the US interest rate decision could lead to investors fleeing the safe haven status of the Japanese Yen and investing into the US Dollar if there is a clear path for future rate hikes in the US.
On Thursday, the main event for the week is the Japanese Interest rate decision. In the last interest rate decision in January the Bank of Japan kept interest rates in negative territory at 0.1%. This month is set to be no different, however the subsequent monetary policy statement could give future direction as to when and if the Bank of Japan can raise interest rates out of negative territory and reduce their hefty quantitative easing programme.
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