There are three major central banks in the global economy. This includes the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan. The Fed and ECB have been hawkish over the past six months and have altered their monetary policy via quantitative easing and interest rate alterations. The Bank of Japan made no changes to its ultra-dovish monetary policy until now.
The Bank of Japan unexpectedly altered its yield curve control policy which gives a chance for bond yields to potentially rise going forward and also indicates possible changes to interest rates in the new year. However, traders should not confuse a yield curve alteration with an interest hike. Nonetheless, the move is potentially positive for both the currency and the Japanese bond market.
As a result of the above, the increased in value by 3.50% during this morning’s Asian Session and is experiencing gains across the whole market. The Japanese Yen has been the worst performer of the year, but traders are considering whether this will change for 2023. The move has also triggered many sellers for the , which is a 2-month low.
Lastly, also rallied over the past several hours and renewed its price lows. The price has increased by 3.40%, and the global cryptocurrency market capitalization has also increased by 0.44%. The total capitalization is at $810 billion, which is still considerably lower than previous figures but has shown positive signs today. Generally speaking, prices below $16,621 have triggered support for the digital currency within December.
Nasdaq – Stocks Slump after BOJ’s Yield Decision
The is declining for a sixth consecutive day and is under pressure from a global slump in the stock market and limited demand as we approach the Christmas holidays. The price declined by 1.40% during yesterday’s session and by a further 1% within today’s futures session.
Two major factors influence the asset’s price. Firstly, the price has been pressured by another round of interest rate hikes and the guidance provided by most banks that interest rate hikes will continue to increase in January and February. The only regulator which had a dovish tone was the Bank of England. The Bank of Japan’s hawkish actions from this morning has again added pressure to global stocks.
The increases in interest rates result in pressure on households and also consumer demand. The idea is to trigger less spending and more saving to lower inflation. However, this comes at a high cost for companies and the stock market. The concern is not only that the Fed is expected to hike for another two months but also that they are expected to retain rates for the whole of 2023. The second issue for the latest US economic data. US Retail Sales and the Purchasing Managers’ Indexes were extremely low, a concern for shareholders.
When looking at technical analysis, indications from both price action and indicators are signaling a decline. Potentially this may be to the previous support level of $10,760. Moving averages on most timeframes have crossed over downwards. This is also the case for MACD and the Stochastic Oscillator. Lastly, the price is continuing to form clear lower highs and lows. The latest breakout was this morning at $11,022.
The price is also currently not being indicated as overbought. However, traders should be cautious of a change in trend after the holiday period. Currently, there are no indications of a change in trend, but traders should be prepared as equities are known to rise in January and as we approach the next earning season.