Forex: Play the Yen on the Crosses $AUDJPY

Despite a large amount of Japanese investors selling their Australian debt positions, the Aussie/Yen (AUD/JPY) pair has not had a major pullback since September. While the calls for a correction make sense, especially with the weaker commodity prices we have seen in recent weeks, this trend may not slow down as many are expecting.

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia released their minutes and while it highlighted subdued growth in employment, housing finance, and investment, the tone hinted at a much more wait and see approach. This could mean no rate hike next meeting as well.

With the G-20 leaving the door open for Japan to fight deflation and ultimately devalue their currency, this trend will continue. A vote of confidence from this move was also supported by Draghi and Bernanke.

Ultimately, once the news settles that Taro Aso contradicted Shinzo Abe’s claim of buying foreign government debt and the fact that two members opposed the doubling of Japan’s inflation target, the yen will resume weakening.

Price action on the weekly chart shows the recent consolidation that has occurred over the couple of weeks. If price breaks out above the 97.50, we could see momentum ignite a rally to 99.50. As long as the 96.00 is respected, this bullish trend should last. A breakdown of this key level could see a corrective move towards 94.50.


Edward J. Moya is the Chief Market Strategist for, an educational website for foreign exchange and commodity traders. He has over 15 years of investment industry experience in forex, stocks, options and futures. At, Mr. Moya writes daily currency and commodity analysis and has authored numerous articles on trading using both technical and fundamental analysis for major financial publications. He is a contributor of technical and fundamental analysis in currencies and commodities to SFO, Market News International, and Forex Factory.

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