Will JPY Devaluation Disrupt Global Growth?

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Seemingly hidden from the mainstream media's attention, we note that the last six weeks has seen the second largest devaluation in the JPY since Sakakibara's days in the mid-90s. As Sean Corrigan (of Diapason Commodities) notes, this has to be putting pressure on Japan's Asian neighbors - not least the engine of the world China. Furthermore, JPY on a trade-weighted basis has cracked through all the major moving averages and sits critically at its post-crisis up-trendline. As we noted last night, perhaps Japan really is toppling over the Keynesian endpoint event horizon. JPY weakness and the carry trade may not be quite as hand in hand if rates start to reflect any behavioral biases, inflation (or more critically hyperinflation) concerns any time soon.

The six-week devaluation in JPY (spike up) is the second largest since the mid 1990s...


And JPY on a trade-weighted basis is at a critically important trendline...


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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:40 | 2254685 camaro68ss
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Inflations a Bitch

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2254726 SheepRevolution
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30 years of low interest rates and printing money, and these people still don't get it.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:15 | 2254896 Augustus
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It is really impossible to know if they do "get it" or not.  They are so far down the pipe now that it is like asking the meth head to quit the drug when there is free meth available in the bag.  The addict knows that either choice is death for them.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:16 | 2254907 JPM Hater001
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See that hard downward part on the far left?

That's when that Bastard Nixon took us off the gold standard.

ZeroHedge - Where you learn more in a day here by accident then elsewhere by design.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:27 | 2254977 Thamesford
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Land of the surprising run?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:21 | 2255423 Popo
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A better question than "Will JPY Devaluation Disrupt Global Growth" is,  "Will JPY Devaluation Work This Time After Failing Every Other Time?"

If the BOJ was able to keep the Yen down, they would have done so years ago.  They have tried countless times.  They can't.  And just like every other time over the past 2 decades, this won't work.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 16:59 | 2255780 VanceEva1
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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 17:43 | 2255914 Iwanttoknow
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Advised by the bastard Milton friedman.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2254727 Yardfarmer
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Japan buys $10.3 billion in Chinese Government Bonds. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-03/14/content_14827485.htm

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:48 | 2255055 LowProfile
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Exchanging their curreny while the Yen is still worth something?

They should have taken a lesson from Hanzo and got some gold:

Razor 3: Who's Got the Gold? (1974) More at IMDbPro »Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban (original title)

Follow the money. In a time of economic disaster for wage earners, Hanzo discovers a conspiracy among high officials to "borrow" gold from the shogunate's treasury and loan it out to the destitute, including impecunious samurai - exacting either interest payments or family heirlooms from the debtors. Along the way, Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ring of young wives and a blind music teacher, and cuckolds a corrupt official under his very nose.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:51 | 2254747 Quinvarius
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It isn't a devaluation.  It is a crash.  The island is radioactive.  It was hit by a tidal wave.  It was hit by an earthquake.  The economy stinks.  The demographics stink.  The debt is outrageous.  The Yen is going to go down in a ball of flames when the CBs stop doing Japan a favor by propping it.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:52 | 2254768 Carbon Skidmark
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Don't forget about Godzilla...he may show up again...and Mothra too!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:58 | 2254804 VulpisVulpis
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If you watch Godzilla backwards it's about a giant lizard who helps rebuild a city of rubble and moonwalks back into the ocean.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:17 | 2254908 bnbdnb
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Dont forget he also sucks fire!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:31 | 2254997 Thamesford
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and it reveals the secret that he says "Paul McCartney is dead" just before submerging.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:09 | 2255362 SemperFord
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The "fire" is a metaphor for the radioactivity he is sucking in!!!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:28 | 2254982 saoldric
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LOL, you guys just made my day.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:54 | 2254783 Theta_Burn
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Jap gov has been trying for yrs to devalue, maybe this time its different?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:12 | 2254887 Matt
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Paradox of devaluation: If everyone devalues at once, no one succeeds in devaluing, only in creating inflation.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:01 | 2254817 Vampyroteuthis ...
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There is a point where printing money in the traditional manner (borrowing through Ponzi schemes) will not be enough. The Japs face two scenarios:

1) Turn on the printing press without sterilization

2) Let debt defaults take hold

We are seeing the end game for the first CB led madness in the modern world.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:11 | 2254874 Piranhanoia
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Japan has the hot potato(e) and it burns.  They may be the first to have to embrace reality to save what is left to them.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:20 | 2254934 JPM Hater001
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Another week of this and I can buy that tiki hut is SAGA Japan I've always had my eye on...home of the true innovators in gaming.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:05 | 2255125 JohnKozac
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"It's only a tiny leak...." the gubberment there told its people.....March, 2011.

Now not only Hawaii is aglow, but the Cali Coastline lights up at  night....cool!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:29 | 2255456 Popo
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Huh?   Did you even read the post?    This is a desperate *effort* to devalue the yen.

The BoJ is utterly desperate to bring the yen down because the high yen is raping Japanese exporters.     

An actual hands-off "collapse" would be the best possible thing to happen to Japanese exporters.   The BoJ would *love* to see a natural, market-led devaluation of the yen.   This isn't one.

All of your points are valid -- but they have nothing to do with the descent of the yen (And if they did, the yen would have plunged before now).




Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:05 | 2254839 EmileLargo
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The Dollar is going up against everything today. That may also be a factor.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:09 | 2254862 Bam_Man
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Everything except AAPL.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:21 | 2254939 JPM Hater001
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And Hope

Clearly hope

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:10 | 2254868 BigInJapan
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I'm pulling the chute, mofos!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:11 | 2254881 GoldenGal
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time to sell gold for fiat?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:18 | 2254918 sitenine
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Right, wait for gold to 'correct' down, and then sell.  Brilliant suggestion you've got there... /sigh

What part of BTFD do you not understand?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:25 | 2254968 GoldenGal
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what isbtfd?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:29 | 2254984 sitenine
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buy the fucking dip

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:29 | 2254988 GoldenGal
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oh...  I get it now buy the fiat dip!...So when gold goes up then I should buy more dollars...thanks!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:31 | 2254998 GoldenGal
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Yes, I'll be stacking Bens.....Ben franklins that is!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:33 | 2255002 sitenine
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Respectfully, you are a lost cause.  Good luck with your fiat.

Maybe you can hook up with Mr Hope and trade FOREX for a living.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:41 | 2255032 GoldenGal
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Respectfully, I was being sarcastic...had my blonde wig on today

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:44 | 2255044 sitenine
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My apologies then - I tend to be an asshole when I perceive stupidity.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:57 | 2255097 spooncutter
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you are truly the master of baiting

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:35 | 2255010 Thamesford
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Isn't the "Fiat Dip" the new car from Chrysler for the recession? Is it any wonder thay can't import "Alfa's" in this environment!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:32 | 2255473 Sunshine n Lollipops
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Punsters everywhere, wherever Yugo.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:12 | 2254882 Bam_Man
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If indeed this is the beginning of the "endgame" for Japan's 20-year Keynesian experiment, I hope that Ben Shalom is paying close attention. It looks like our bond market sure is.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:30 | 2254990 forrestdweller
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the endgame has been beginning for quite some time now.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:12 | 2254883 Flakmeister
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He who crashes first, crashes best....

Seriously, the last man standing in this game will have the biggest falll....

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:35 | 2255009 forrestdweller
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the game goes on till everybody has fallen, and there is no stepping out of the game of giving up.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:12 | 2254886 bugs_
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Fukushima ][?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:17 | 2254910 Augustus
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TBT is finally making a move.  If it is fairly continuous the double leverage short treasury should make for a very large payday.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:17 | 2254911 bobola
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Amazing how Japan can keep their Ponzi engine chugging along with no apparent end in sight ...

Any bets as to how high their debt to GDP can go..??

As I recall that number is now at 230... 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:22 | 2254948 JPM Hater001
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"Any bets as to how high their debt to GDP can go..??"

Yes- Stratosphere

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:20 | 2257612 Kobe Beef
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If you stacked one quadrillion Yen (estimated total Japanese debt) in 1 Yen coins (~1mm thick), you would have six stacks reaching to the sun.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:18 | 2254919 CvlDobd
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Oh look technical analysis.

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