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Japan is an economic powerhouse and the world’s third largest economy behind the United States and China.
The Japanese yen is the third most actively traded currency and the USD/JPY is the second largest currency pair by trading volumes according to the 2010 BIS survey. The depth of its capital markets and the liquidity of its currency make it popular with investors seeking exposure to Asia.
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is an active participant in the foreign exchange markets. The central bank intervenes on a regular basis to correct what it considers to be excessive currency appreciation or depreciation. If you're trading the yen and hold positions overnight, you should be aware that the BoJ can intervene at any time and without notice. If you’re waiting on the sidelines, you’ll want to time your entry carefully as a BoJ intervention can trigger large price jumps.
The Bank of Japan has kept interest rates very low since the mid 1990s in an attempt to spur economic growth. The policy of low to nil interest rates has made the Japanese yen a popular choice for carry trades. You could borrow in Japanese yen and re-invest the proceeds into higher yielding currencies to capture the interest rate differential. Carry trades put downward pressure on the yen and go some way towards explaining exchange rate volatility as investors open and unwind positions.
The USD/JPY enjoys strong liquidity and low bid ask spreads. Carry trades and BoJ intervention trades create opportunities for discerning traders. This makes the Japanese yen a strong currency for beginners and more experienced foreign exchange traders alike.
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