Dollar Edges Lower; G7 Intervention Concerns Mount
21 Apr 2022
USDJPY is trading up 0.30% at 128.182
The U.S. dollar edged lower in early European trade Thursday as the world’s key finance ministers meet, but remains elevated amid expectations for aggressive Federal Reserve monetary tightening.
At 3:15 AM ET (0715 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, traded 0.3% lower at 100.165, retreating from the more than two-year peak of 101.03 seen earlier in the week.
Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields have pulled back from the highest level since December 2018 at close to 3%, helping the dollar to hand back some recent gains.
However, the buck remains particularly strong against the Japanese yen, with USD/JPY up 0.1% to 128.05, off the two-decade high of 129.43 seen earlier in the week after the Bank of Japan once more stepped in to the bond market to defend its record low yield target.
Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Thursday he had explained the yen’s “somewhat rapid” declines to his Group of Seven counterparts and is due to meet U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen later this week.
In a statement issued after their meeting, the leaders said they were closely monitoring global financial markets that have been “volatile,” creating a degree of nervousness about whether the G7 might move to combat the rapid moves.
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