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Yen Weakens Beyond Previous Intervention Levels

Japan had its toughest warning yet for traders on its willingness to intervene in currency markets after the yen slid to its weakest level in about 34 years against the dollar.

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The nation’s currency dipped to 151.97 versus the greenback early on Wednesday in Tokyo, beyond the level at which policymakers stepped in during October 2022, before comments from government officials on their readiness to act boosted the yen to its strongest level of the day.

“We are watching market moves with a high sense of urgency,” Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said. “We will take bold measures against excessive moves without ruling out any options.” Suzuki’s reference to bold action is generally interpreted to mean direct intervention in the currency market

Hedge funds and asset managers combined held a near-record level of bearish positions against Japan’s currency last week, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission going back to 2006.


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