USD/JPY Forecast Poll
The FXStreet Forecast Poll about USD/JPY (US Dollar Japanese Yen) is a sentiment tool that highlights our selected experts' near and medium term mood and calculates trends according to Friday's 15:00 GMT price.
How to Read the Forecast Poll charts
This chart informs about the average forecast prices, and also how close (or far apart) sit the numbers from all participants surveyed that week. The bigger a bubble on the chart means more participants targeting a certain price level in that particular time horizon. This distribution also tells if there is unanimity (or disparity) among participants.
Each participant's bias is calculated automatically based on the week's close price and recent volatility. Drawing from those results, this chart calculates the distribution of bullish, bearish, and sideways forecast prices from all participants, informing about sentiment extremes, as well levels of indecision reflected in the number of “sideways”.
By displaying three central tendency measures (mean, median, and mode), you can know if the average forecast is being skewed by any outlier among the poll participants.
In this chart, the close price is shifted behind so it corresponds to the date when the price for that week was forecasted. This enables the comparison between the average forecast price and the effective close price.
This chart tracks the percentage change between the close prices. Bouts of volatility (or extreme flat volatility) can be then compared to the typical outcome expressed through the averages.
This measure is basically an arithmetical average of the three central tendency measures (mean, median, and mode). It smooths the typical outcome eliminating any possible noise caused by outliers.
Together with the close price, this chart displays the minimum and maximum forecast prices collected among individual participants. The result is a price corridor, usually enveloping the weekly close price from above and below, and serves as a measure of volatility.
WHAT IS THE FORECAST POLL AND WHY TO USE IT?
The Forecast Poll is a sentiment tool that highlights near and medium-term price expectations from leading market experts. It is a sentiment indicator which delivers actionable price levels, not merely “mood” or “positioning” indications. Traders can check if there is unanimity among the surveyed experts – if there is excessive speculator sentiment driving a market – or if there are divergences among them. When sentiment is not at extremes, traders get actionable price targets to trade upon. When there is deviation between actual market rate and value reflected in forecasted rate, there is usually an opportunity to enter the market.
You can also use the Forecast Poll for contrarian thinking strategies. Gonçalo Moreira, Research expert at FXStreet, explains: “People involuntarily follow the impulses of the crowd. Sentiment indicators, in turn, lead to 'contrarian' thinking. The Forecast Poll helps traders detect sentiment extremes and thereby limit their eventual toxic herd behavior.” Read more on Contrarian Approaches with Sentiment indicators
HOW TO READ THE GRAPHS?
Besides the table with all participants’ individual forecast, a graphic representation aggregates and visualizes the data: the Bullish/Bearish/Sideways line shows the percentage of our contributors on each of these forecast biases.
This graph is available for each time horizon (1 week, 1 month, 1 quarter). We also indicate the average price forecast as well as the average bias.
2023 FORECAST FOR USD/JPY
The Japanese Yen's strength from the last quarter of 2022 has found an interim bottom at the beginning of the new year. 2023 is set to be a challenger year for the USD/JPY currency pair.
From January 2022 to December 2022, the maximum level for the USDJPY was 150.176¥/USD (on October 20th 2022), and the minimum, 131.1170¥/USD (on December 30st 2022).
MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL EVENTS IN 2023 FOR USD/JPY
Central banks' imbalances played a big role in the matter, with the US Federal Reserve adopting aggressive tightening in March 2022 and the Bank of Japan holding on to its ultra-loose monetary policy.
Could Ueda’s strong theoretical knowledge help to unravel and reorganize the “various confusing parts” of the BOJ’s monetary policy? Regarding BOJ monetary policy, he said: "I think the current policy is appropriate, monetary easing must carry on given the current state."
BONDS THAT INFLUENCE THE MOST USD/JPY
Bonds whose moves can affect the USD/JPY pair: US 30y Tbonds, US 10y, JGB 2y, JGB 10y, JGB 30y. This group also includes the following currency pairs: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD, USD/CAD, EUR/GBP and USD/CHF