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Why the Japanese Yen Has Outperformed Other Currencies

Ricky Cove
Why the Japanese Yen Has Outperformed Other Currencies

The Japanese yen (JYN), along with the US dollar, saw a sharp increase in demand as risk aversion gripped global markets. The yen is considered a safe haven in times of market sell-offs because of its current account surplus. In the week ended February 9, the yen (FXY) closed at 108.80 against the US dollar (UUP), appreciating by 1.2%. Japanese equity markets (EWJ) fell sharply, reacting to the global market sell-off, with the Nikkei 225 (JPXN) posting a loss of 8.1% in the week ended February 9.