The yen held a two day decline, and the bearish trend is expected to continue after China cut interest rates, encouraging speculation stocks in Asia will climb and damp demand for haven assets. Japan’s currency fell 0.1% to 119.77 yen per dollar in first trading hour today. The U.S. dollar rose 0.1 % from the highest close since, at least 2004, on prospects the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year, boosting the currency’s allure.
On the other side, the Australian dollar dropped before the Reserve Bank sets monetary policy at a meeting on Tuesday. The Aussie fell 0.2% to 77.90 U.S. cents. New Zealand’s dollar also fell against U.S. dollar 0.3% to 75.43 U.S. cents. Regarding the euro, the shared currency continues with its weakness, declining once again against the U.S. dollar 0.3% to $1.1168. With Mario Draghi poised to start injecting unprecedented amounts of money into the Eurozone economy, the euro will remain under pressure the following months. In this direction, some analyst already predict that the euro might falling 11% by the end of the year, reaching the parity with the U.S. dollar for the first time since 2002.
This depreciation would also bring some benefits for the Eurozone, like faster inflation and more competitive exports. The euro has slumped more than 7% against the U.S. dollar this year, touching an 11 year low of 1.1098 on January 26th. The European Central Bank said on January 22nd Quantitative Easing program would start sometime in March and last, at least, until September 2016, being possible to be expanded along the way.