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Real U.S. interest rates adjusted for inflation are at their highest in nearly three years. Nominal interest rates are greater than dividend yields in U.S., China and Japan. “U.S. real yields are too high, productivity problems are emerging in China and the glut of global surpluses is falling, exposing structural flaws in developed markets,” said Hans Redeker, global head of FX strategy at Morgan Stanley in London. GRAPHIC: Japan Portfolio investments – tmsnrt.rs/2AuaiBE. Unusually though, this time around, the surge in the yen has occurred a few months after a selloff in emerging markets last summer. That suggests the bulk of Japanese investment is concentrated in developed markets such as the United States button cover cufflinks.
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GRAPHIC: JPY valuations – tmsnrt.rs/2AvJhO7. Emerging-market currencies such as Turkey’s lira and South Africa’s rand felt the biggest pain. The lira TRYUSD=R tumbled more than 7 percent overnight against the yen. The rand ZARJPY=R dropped nearly 4 percent. Investors have been nervous about both countries, which rely heavily on foreign investors to plug their gaping current account deficits button cover cufflinks. “These dislocations demonstrate the impact of unwinding QE on market structures and it means that the truly more vulnerable markets out there need to watch their back, so to speak,” said Koon Chow at UBP..
GRAPHIC: Lira, Rand vs Yen – tmsnrt.rs/2RuZSLN button cover cufflinks. Japanese investors, who had cut back on their protection against currency moves, are also expected to take advantage of reduced hedging costs and protect their overseas portfolios from further losses — a move that market watchers say may be the catalyst for further gains. “Even if the yen consolidates around these levels in the near term, we think it will continue to strengthen on balance in 2019,” said BNP Paribas’s Lynton-Brown, who expects the dollar to weaken to 100 yen by the end of the year..