The US dollar surpassed the 160 yen barrier this Monday, for the first time since 1990, in the foreign exchange market.

The United States currency was worth 160.17 yen in this morning’s transactions, fueling the speculation about the possibility of intervention by Japanese authorities to support the yen.

On Friday, the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy board decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate, a month after raising the short-term benchmark interest rate to 0.1%, the first increase in 17 years. years.

“It is necessary to pay close attention to the evolution of financial and foreign exchange markets and the impact on economic activity and prices in Japan,” he said in a statement.

One Weak yen tends to boost stock marketas it inflates exporters’ foreign remittances, but also increases the costs of imports of energy and raw materials, on which Japan is dependent.

The yen has been depreciating sharply against the US dollar, among other currencies, largely due to the interest rate differential between the two countries.

The trend has accelerated in recent weeks because the U.S. central bank is not expected to start cutting rates anytime soon.



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