Inflation boosted US Treasury rates, and an active Federal Reserve rhetoric campaign, along with the dangers of a stalled but still deadly Ukraine conflict and the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) presumably perpetual liquidity policy, created a near-ideal situation for the dollar versus the yen with expanded volatility in the USDJPY pair. The USDJPY has jumped more than 1,000 pips within two months and trading above the roof of resistances.
When President Christine Lagarde refused to modify monetary policy, the European Central Bank (ECB) aided the dollar’s cause, although without expressly mentioning the Yen. Citing the very serious risk posed by the Ukraine crisis to economic development, the bank maintained its base and deposit rates despite eurozone inflation of 7.5%. The ECB’s bond purchase program is set to continue until August but at a reduced level. Rate rises will be considered only after the bond withdrawal. The Dollar Index increased by 2.1% in April and by 3.9% since last year.
The monthly chart below shows a breakout from the symmetrical triangle, which sent prices skyrocketing. When prices broke out of the symmetrical triangle, the pair gained over 1,000 pips. The pair’s rise can be seen on the daily and weekly charts, which show increased volatility in the instrument. While the pair is trading near a long-term significant barrier, the price is still looking higher ignoring the long term resistances.
A Caution to trader who are looking for Long Side. Be Careful!
On the weekly chart, the symmetrical triangle on the monthly USDJPY chart can be seen where the breakout occurred. The price moved in blue channels after breaking out of the triangle to stabilize the breakout. The price moved with massive volatility to nearly 1,000 pips after breaking out of the blue triangle. Four weekly candles show the expanded volatility in the instrument. This massive volatility pushed the USDJPY through the monthly and quarterly resistance levels. The pair will likely try to break through the roof before reversing lower to consolidate for a few weeks. Traders are advised to remain cautious during this expanded volatility.
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