The Bank of Japan (BoJ) clarified that its recent yield curve adjustment, announced on July 28th, was intended to sustain the current loose monetary policy rather than indicate policy normalization. The BoJ allowed the 10-year Japanese Government Bond yield to trade above 0.5% in a flexible manner, deviating from a strict cap approach. Despite global anticipation of policy normalization due to rising wages and inflation, the BoJ remains cautious, questioning whether inflation’s rise is demand-driven and durable enough to exceed 2%, indicating that a shift in policy direction is not imminent.

USDJPY currency pair rises as the US dollar is recovering from losses experienced toward the end of the previous week. The positive momentum in the 10-year US treasury yield is playing a role in bolstering the dollar’s performance, despite a retracement on Friday that didn’t fully negate the broader upward trend. Investors are eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of the US Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is anticipated to be higher than the last month figures and expected to reach 3.3% Y/Y and core inflation to be the same as previous month at 4.8% Y/Y.

USDJPY currency pair is currently trading at 143.1, indicating a 0.43% increase for the day. The price recently found support at the level of 137.8 and has been steadily advancing since then. The next key target level is the previous local high at 145, which is anticipated to act as a significant resistance level. However, if the price fails to breach this level, a potential downward move to the levels of 143 or 140.4 could be anticipated.

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