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Here's why hedge funds have never been as bullish on the yen as they are now

Heres why hedge funds have never been as bullish on the yen as they are now
Japan's currency added 0.6 per cent to 108.76 per dollar in New York on Friday.

New York - Traders buying as Bank of Japan appears reluctant to intervene to reverse currency's strength



By Bloomberg

Published: Sat 16 Apr 2016, 8:28 PM

Last updated: Sat 16 Apr 2016, 10:33 PM

Hedge funds and other large speculators have never been more bullish on the yen.
Positions that benefit from gains by Japan's currency exceeded those that benefit from from losses by a net 66,190 contracts in the week ended April 12, a report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed. That's the most in data going back to 1992.
Traders are buying as the Bank of Japan, which has taken steps to spur economic growth, appears reluctant to intervene to reverse strength in the yen. The BoJ's surprise January 29 decision to adopt negative interest rates has failed to rein in the currency's almost 11 per cent rally this year.
"This is the effect of having negative rates," said Fabian Eliasson, head of US corporate foreign-exchange sales in New York at Mizuho Financial Group . "Ever since they moved, there's just been the trend to buy yen and also as the volatility has been high, it's a safe haven currency so that also leads to more yen buying. "
Japan's currency has gained this year in defiance of the consensus on Wall Street at the start of 2016. The median forecast among analysts surveyed by Bloomberg in early January was for the yen to weaken to 124 per dollar by the end of March.
Japan's currency added 0.6 per cent to 108.76 per dollar in New York on Friday.
 


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