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  • JPY – A gathering storm - Updated Wed April 16, 2014

    • We highlight increasing downside risks to USD-JPY in the near term; expect a pick-up in JPY volatility • The Bank of Japan appears comfortably sidelined for now even as domestic data hits a soft patch • We revise our short-term USD-JPY forecas...

  • Japan – Kurodanomics ‘works’ again - Updated Wed February 19, 2014

    • The BoJ surprised the market by expanding its current loan-support programme • We do not think the BoJ is likely to roll out any fresh easing in the near term • Reform implementation remains critical for Japan’s revival...

  • FX volatility – Identifying patterns in slopes (1) - Updated Fri February 14, 2014

    • We investigate volatility slopes for EUR-USD, GBP-USD, EUR-JPY and USD-JPY • We find similar statistical profiles and mean-reverting properties across currency pairs • We find that on average the volatility slopes considered for these pairs mean...

  • SC IMM: Positioning risks show AUD ‘Buy’ signal - Updated Mon January 13, 2014

    Our SC IMM positioning heatmap suggests AUD may see a major short-term rally • Leveraged net shorts in the AUD vs. the USD, EUR, GBP and NZD reach sample extremes • Leveraged funds should buy 1M EUR-AUD, GBP-AUD put spreads...

  • USD-JPY prepares for a breakout - Updated Wed September 4, 2013

    USD-JPY fundamental risks appear to be two-way, while technicals are turning higher • We expect USD-JPY to remain volatile and range-bound near-term, but turn higher into 2014 • Real money should stay Neutral on the JPY; leveraged funds should put...

  • 29-Aug – Moderate recovery likely continued in Japan - Updated Wed August 28, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • South Africa – We close our receiver on the 2Y swap • India – Apr-Jun 2013 GDP growth likely slipped further • US – Q2 GDP growth expected to be revised slightly up Market focus • Japan’s July data is likely to show a mode...

  • Close BRL-JPY - Updated Fri July 26, 2013

    The surging JPY triggers the stop in our long BRL-JPY position • While carry offers some cushion, failing to sustain the break above 45.00 points to more downside risks • We still believe the BRL will perform better in H2 on improving data, portfo...

  • Japan – Reform mandate in place - Updated Mon July 22, 2013

    The ruling LDP coalition wins a majority at the election and gains control of both houses of the Diet • The government’s top priority of boosting growth now heads the reform agenda • FX: We expect the USD-JPY and JPY crosses to remain in a range n...

  • Buy BRL-JPY - Updated Thu July 18, 2013

    With EM volatility stabilising, we see this as an opportunity to initiate long carry positions • We see the BRL as oversold, while the JPY could weaken again after Upper House elections • We recommend buying 3M BRL-JPY ...

  • A correction rather than a reversal - Updated Fri June 14, 2013

    Abe’s ‘third arrow’ was a major disappointment, exacerbating significant position liquidation • We have revised our USD-JPY forecasts lower, still anticipating more JPY weakness into 2014 • Leveraged funds: Sell 1M ATMF USD-JPY straddles or buy 2M...

  • Close long SGD vs. G3 - Updated Wed May 29, 2013

    • Near-term, the market will focus on the sharp rise in UST yields and the risk of the Fed tapering QE3 • The SGD NEER may trade into the weak half of policy band; SGD to underperform G3 • We stand aside for now on the SGD given market volatility...

  • Take profit on long THB vs. G3 - Updated Mon April 22, 2013

    Today, the BoT said that the THB has appreciated too much and too quickly • We believe that USD-THB may rebound near-term given this strong warning and positioning • Fundamentally, we like this trade and will look to re-enter it at better levels...

  • Trade idea – Buy 3M USD-JPY 97/102 call spreads - Updated Wed April 3, 2013

    We expect the ‘new’ BoJ to deliver on aggressive monetary easing in its upcoming policy meetings • We remain Underweight on the JPY in the short and medium term for real-money funds • We recommend that leveraged funds buy 3M USD-JPY 97/102 call sp...

  • Yen ‘Kuro-sion’ still to come - Updated Wed March 20, 2013

    We revise our USD-JPY forecasts modestly higher, expecting aggressive easing by Kuroda • Leveraged funds: Buy 3M 35-delta USD calls/JPY puts to anticipate higher vol and spot • Real-money funds: Stay Underweight JPY through H1...

  • 19-Feb-13 – Words speak louder than actions - Updated Mon February 18, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • Malaysia – USD-MYR forecasts revised higher • Malaysia – Steady GDP growth and a benign inflationary environment • UK – Labour data to shift the focus from the BoE minutes Market focus • Markets may see the lack of mention ...

  • Speed bumps for the yen - Updated Wed February 6, 2013

    We revise our 2013 USD-JPY forecasts; the G20 and BoJ governor replacement are near-term risks • Leveraged funds: Take profit on the 6M 91/95 USD-JPY calls and use proceeds for further opportunities • Real-money funds: Stay Underweight JPY through...

  • Runaway train - Updated Fri January 4, 2013

    • The pace of USD-JPY gains has caught many by surprise, including us • We revise our 2013 USD-JPY forecasts higher, still anticipating trend JPY weakness • Leveraged funds: Buy 6M 91/95 USD-JPY call spreads; real-money funds: Stay Underweight JPY...

  • Japan – The LDP returns - Updated Mon December 17, 2012

    The LDP/Komeito coalition wins a two-thirds super-majority in the lower house election • We expect the BoJ to expand its Asset Purchase Program • We are structural JPY bears, looking for 84.00 in mid-2013, 87.00 at year-end...

  • Rising short-term risks to the USD-JPY consensus - Updated Fri November 30, 2012

    Short JPY is an increasing consensus, which is at near-term risk from positioning, flows and events • Leveraged funds: We recommend buying 6W 80.00 USD puts/JPY calls to hedge spot longs • Real-money funds: We recommend trimming short-term JPY Und...

  • Taking profit in the Real Money Portfolio - Updated Fri November 2, 2012

    We are taking profit in the Standard Chartered FX Real Money Portfolio • Short positions in the JPY and the INR, alongside longs in the KRW and the CNY, have worked well • The US election brings near-term event risk ahead of likely protracted n...



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