Europe Contagion Hits Japan

chart of Japan trade balance with EU

Europe hit Japan right where it hurts – in the wallet – for the first time in 38 years. We all know that Europe is hell bent on carrying out austerity-driven policies. That drop in exports above is vicious. The following recovery has been tepid at best. It looks like the recession that has gripped Europe since 2009 is spreading beyond its borders.

As its second largest trading partner, Japan needs European business to help inflate its economy. Decreasing trade, however, leads to decreasing price hikes which leads to more deflation which equals a strong yen. Currencies from low-inflation countries are always in favor with investors. With $USDJPY around 80.00 and the $EURJPY having traded to record lows, the BoJ has quite a fight on their hands as Europe only gets worse still.

But who cares? Interesting chart, nonetheless.

Source: Reuters

A Pre-FOMC Look At Cable

cable daily chart

While the $GBPUSD has been bearish since tumbling from 1.63, it turned bullish when it climbed back above 1.5500 after putting in a higher low. This week opened with a 1st test of 1.5800 major support level with the high at 1.5790.

Now the market waits on the FOMC. QE3 is supposed to be revealed today. If so, cable will soar. Support at 1.5800 certainly sets the stage for a return to 1.6000. However, if the Fed decides to wait, the $GBPUSD may fall back towards 1.5500. A break below 1.55 would certainly have bears hoping for new lows below 1.5220.

Trade what you see!