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BoJ sees lower February Core Price trends indicators compared to the previous month

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) Research and Statistics Department released the following four measures of underlying inflation in line with the monthly release of the official CPI for Japan: the diffusion index of increasing/decreasing items, the trimmed mean, the mode, and the weighted median.

According to the BOJ’s measures, the trimmed mean reading for core inflation arrived at 2.3% in February from 2.6% in January and was substantially lower than the peak of 3.4% in September last year.

Market reaction

Following the headline above, USD/JPY was down 0.04% on the day at 151.35. 


Japanese Yen FAQs

The Japanese Yen (JPY) is one of the world’s most traded currencies. Its value is broadly determined by the performance of the Japanese economy, but more specifically by the Bank of Japan’s policy, the differential between Japanese and US bond yields, or risk sentiment among traders, among other factors.

One of the Bank of Japan’s mandates is currency control, so its moves are key for the Yen. The BoJ has directly intervened in currency markets sometimes, generally to lower the value of the Yen, although it refrains from doing it often due to political concerns of its main trading partners. The current BoJ ultra-loose monetary policy, based on massive stimulus to the economy, has caused the Yen to depreciate against its main currency peers. This process has exacerbated more recently due to an increasing policy divergence between the Bank of Japan and other main central banks, which have opted to increase interest rates sharply to fight decades-high levels of inflation.

The BoJ’s stance of sticking to ultra-loose monetary policy has led to a widening policy divergence with other central banks, particularly with the US Federal Reserve. This supports a widening of the differential between the 10-year US and Japanese bonds, which favors the US Dollar against the Japanese Yen.

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