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Sep 26, 2014

Dollar rebounds vs yen after Japan says GPIF reform on track

TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The dollar pared earlier losses
and gained against the yen on Friday after Japan’s welfare
minister said reforms for the country’s giant pension fund would
continue as planned.

The greenback also held near a four-year high against a
basket of major currencies, and further gains looked likely for
the U.S. currency as it boasted its the biggest yield advantage
over the euro in 15 years.

Sep 26, 2014

Dollar holds near four-year highs as yield advantage lures funds

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held near a four-year high against a basket of major currencies on Friday, and further gains looked likely for the U.S. currency as it boasted its the biggest yield advantage over the euro in 15 years.

The dollar index is on track for its 11th successive weekly rise, a feat it hasn’t achieved in four decades, as investors prepare for an eventual rate hike in the United States after the Federal Reserve wraps up its massive stimulus program next month.

Sep 26, 2014

Dollar holds near 4-year highs as yield advantage lures funds

TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The dollar held near a four-year
high against a basket of major currencies on Friday, and further
gains looked likely for the U.S. currency as it boasted its the
biggest yield advantage over the euro in 15 years.

The dollar index is on track for its 11th successive weekly
rise, a feat it hasn’t achieved in four decades, as investors
prepare for an eventual rate hike in the United States after the
Federal Reserve wraps up its massive stimulus program next
month.

Sep 19, 2014

Sterling in box seat as Scottish voters reject independence

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Sterling jumped to a two-week
high against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro
on Friday, rallying on relief that Scottish voters rejected
independence in a referendum, averting a break-up of the United
Kingdom.

Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat
over his bid to win independence, ending a few weeks of
uncertainties that gripped financial markets.

Sep 19, 2014

Sterling firms as early results go against Scottish independence

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Sterling rose to a two-week high
against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on
Friday, taking comfort from early results of a Scottish
referendum that indicated a break-up of the United Kingdom will
be averted.

The results from several small boroughs showed a solid lead
for the “No” camp to independence. Earlier, a YouGov survey
showed support for Scottish independence amounted to 46 percent
of the electorate with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United
Kingdom.

Sep 19, 2014

Sterling advances as Scotland poll shows support for Union

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Sterling rose to a two-week high
against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on
Friday, taking comfort from a poll showing support for Scotland
to remain in the United Kingdom.

That came just after a referendum vote closed, helping push
the pound more than a half U.S. cent to $1.6461, its
highest since Sept. 4. The YouGov survey showed support for
Scottish independence amounted to 46 percent of the electorate
with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom.

Sep 18, 2014

Dollar soars to 6-yr peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Japanese shares jumped on
Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen
as the Federal Reserve’s outlook for rising rates underlined the
diverging path between the United states and the rest of the
rich world.

In other regional share markets, the reception was mixed,
with MSCI’s index of ex-Japan Asian shares falling to 12-week
lows, on the spectre of rising U.S. rates and slower economic
growth in China.

Sep 16, 2014

Japan’s negative yields show BOJ’s limits, as easing expectations rise

TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan has begun
paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign
the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate
the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more
money into the financial system.

Negative yields are more than a footnote in the BOJ’s
unprecedented “quantitative and qualitative easing” (QQE)
policy. They show that Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s 18-month-old
monetary experiment is struggling barely halfway to its 2
percent inflation goal.

Sep 16, 2014

Asian shares on edge as investors brace for Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares held near one-month lows on Tuesday as investors braced for a possible hawkish shift in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy stance as the Fed begins a two-day policy meeting later in the day.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed near one-month low hit on Monday after seven consecutive days of falls. Japan’s Nikkei stock average .N225 shed 0.3 percent, catching up after Tokyo markets were closed for a local holiday on Monday.

Sep 11, 2014

Dollar holds gains, kiwi stung by RBNZ, sterling shaky

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held near a six-year peak against the yen early on Thursday and powered to a seven-month high on its New Zealand peer, which fell after the country’s central bank said the kiwi’s current level was “unjustified and unsustainable”.

The U.S. dollar traded at 106.74 yen JPY=, after having scaled a six-year high of 106.89 yen in New York on Wednesday, which represented a gain of 1.7 percent so far this week.