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When a central bank hikes interest rates and the currency fails to rally, you know there is something amiss.
Jerome Powell’s first press conference went off without a hitch, indeed the new Federal Reserve (Fed) boss rattled through the press conference, dispatching questions with little of the monetary policy exegesis that characterised his predecessor. But the dollar’s bounce was short-lived against the yen, and we have arrived at a key level for USD/JPY.
At present, it looks like the committee is not keen to hike more than twice this year. This could change; given that the makeup of the committee will develop over the year, more hawkish voters will come on stream, with the possibility that it will be viewed as a ‘four-hike’ year by June 2018 . USD/JPY traders were clearly disappointed that they didn’t get a more hawkish view from Mr. Powell.