JPY Exchange Rate


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What influences the GBP/JPY exchange rate?

To understand what affects the GBP/JPY exchange rate, it’s important to understand a bit about carry trades. Carry trades are used by professional forex traders to capitalise on the interest rate differential between two currencies and potentially profit from higher interest earnings. Japan has had a negative interest rate for the last two decades, so carry trades provide consistent demand for Japanese yen. Therefore, interest rates can play a role in GBP/JPY exchange rates.


JPY is considered a safe haven currency and can be seen as a proxy for risk. Therefore, political and market turmoil--especially when they originate in the United States--may bolster the JPY exchange rate. The GBP/JPY exchange rate will also be affected by trade partnerships and policies concerning Europe. The aftermath of Brexit and the difficulties faced by continental Europe may continue to affect the pair for years to come.

GBP/JPY Snapshot

"Japan and the UK share fundamental values and have strong and cooperative relations in various areas, including politics, economy, and security. The Government of Japan will continue to make efforts to maintain and strengthen the Japan-UK relations."

--Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


  • Japan is the world’s 3rd largest economy just behind China and the United States.

  • Japan is the 4th largest export economy in the world with top exports including cars, vehicle parts, and integrated circuits primarily headed for China and the U.S.2  Only 1.5% of Japanese exports head to the U.K.

  • Japan’s birthrate is so low (1.4 births per woman) that the country sells more adult diapers than baby diapers.3 As of 2012, the number of pets was larger than the number of children.4


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Currency Name: Japanese Yen

Currency Code: JPY

Currency Symbol: ¥

Central Bank: Bank of Japan

Countries Used In: Japan

Major Unit: One Japanese Yen

Minor Unit: Sen (1/100 of a Yen)

Note Denominations: ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, ¥10,000

Coin Denominations: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500


Sources:

  1. http://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press3e_000061.html
  2. http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/jpn/
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/without-babies-can-japan-survive.html?_r=1
  4.  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/08/why-japan-prefers-pets-to-parenthood