What is AUD/JPY?
The AUD/JPY is the forex currency pair that represents the exchange rate between the Australian dollar (AUD) and the Japanese yen (JPY). If, for example, the AUD/JPY exchange rate is 95, this means that one Australian dollar is equivalent to 95 Japanese yen.
The Japanese yen is one of the most traded currencies in the foreign exchange market (forex), ranking third after the US dollar (USD) and the euro (EUR). It has played a crucial role in Japan's economic development and international trade.
Nicknamed the “Aussie,” the AUD is known for its high liquidity, meaning there is a large volume of AUD available for trading in the Forex market. This liquidity is attractive to investors and traders who want to enter and exit positions easily. Forex traders can go long (buy) the pair if they anticipate the Australian dollar to strengthen against the Japanese yen, or they can go short (sell) if they expect the opposite.
Trading the AUD/JPY pair allows traders to speculate on exchange rate fluctuations between the economies of Japan and Australia. As with all forex pairs, the AUD/JPY can be influenced by a wide range of financial and political factors.
What affects the price of the AUD/JPY pair?
- Interest rates: Central bank policies and interest rate differentials between the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) can impact the AUD/JPY exchange rate. Higher interest rates in one country compared to the other can attract investors and potentially strengthen that currency.
- Economic indicators: Economic data such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, inflation rates, employment figures, and trade balances of both Australia and Japan can significantly affect the AUD/JPY pair.
- The price of commodities: Australia is a major exporter of commodities, particularly iron ore, coal, and natural gas. Fluctuations in commodity prices can influence the value of the Australian dollar, as they affect Australia's export revenues and terms of trade. Changes in commodity prices can indirectly impact the AUD/JPY pair.
- Geopolitical factors: Geopolitical events, such as trade tensions, political instability, or conflicts, can impact currency pairs. Developments in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly those affecting Australia or Japan, can influence the AUD/JPY exchange rate.
- Market speculation and sentiment: Market participants' expectations, speculation, and sentiment can also influence currency prices, including the AUD/JPY pair. News, market rumours, and sentiment shifts can drive short-term fluctuations in the exchange rate.
What to watch out for when trading AUD/JPY?
When trading the AUDJPY forex pair (Australian dollar against the Japanese yen), there are several factors to watch out for. Here are some key considerations:
- Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) and Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) Interest Rates and monetary policy decisions that aim to tackle inflation
- Australia’s and Japan’s inflation figures as shown in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) growth
- Australia’s and Japan’s Employment Data
- Australia’s and Japan’s GDP
- Chinese economic data
- Natural disasters in Japan (primarily earthquakes)