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USD to JPY trading

USD to JPY is the second most traded major currency pair. It accounts for nearly one fifth of the average daily turnover on the global forex marketplace, according to research from the Bank for International Settlements. As USD to JPY is noted for low spreads and is often guided by events in the volatile Asian markets, it can offer attractive profit potential for traders.

Japan is one of the world’s largest net exporters, which means USD to JPY – or the “Gopher” as it’s known – can be affected by the intervention of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to keep the value of the yen low. This does, however, conflict with the country’s reliance on importing fuel and other commodities to maintain its position as one of the most prominent industrialized nations.

USD JPY news

Import/export markets can be a useful indicator for breaking USD JPY news. But global macro-economic factors also have a significant impact on the USD JPY rate. Like the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen is a ‘safe haven’ currency – sought out by investors as the yen appreciates when the global economy slows.

Traders considering USD to JPY should also keep track of BoJ announcements. Often, Japanese interest rates remain low and this makes the yen a popular carry trading option – selling low to purchase higher-yielding currencies. Similar announcements by the USA’s Federal Reserve may also cause movement in the USD JPY rate for traders to be aware of.

USD to JPY chart

Track this pair’s current activity and latest price changes with our USD to JPY chart – designed to provide a full disclosure of performance to OANDA clients. For the last day, week, hour and month, our chart allows you to explore the prevailing price trends with our innovative pricing engine calculating the mid-market rates and spreads.

This chart offers no guarantee or prediction of future performance.