Yen Rallies on China’s Banking Policy

Risk aversion declined significantly today after China set a new reserves requirements for banks in the country, allowing the yen to outperform all of the 16 main traded currencies in

foreign-exchange markets, as pessimism surged.

Equities markets in Asia and globally declined today, raising demand for the yen, as China set a minimum of 16 percent of reserves that large banking corporations in the country must have, in order to avoid a credit bubble as the one that caused the global slump in late 2008. The yen is considered the safest refuge in currency markets for turbulent times and benefited from today’s negative scenario, as China’s policy decreased demand for high-yielding assets, which were trading high since the beginning of the year. The Australian dollar posted the sharpest losses versus the Japanese currency as loan approvals in the real estate sector declined.

China’s strict regulations declined optimism that were fueling demand for higher-yielding since the last week, according to analysts. The yen had declined significantly after several sessions losing versus most currencies, as today’s shift in markets sentiment was a good opportunity for it to level up.

AUD/JPY fell to 84.23 as of 15:45 GMT from a previous rate of 85.53 in the intraday comparison. CAD/JPY followed the same trend at 87.72 from 89.08.

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