From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza and Ian Culley @Ianculley
All eyes have been on the US dollar as it presses to new 52-week highs.
But its recent rally hasn’t been accompanied by the usual risk-off behavior we’d expect. Actually, it’s been quite the opposite.
Bonds have been rolling over, commodities and cyclical stocks continue to march higher, and the yen can’t catch a bid.
To us, the evidence suggests the USD is momentarily decoupling from its classic intermarket relationships as it grinds higher in the face of all this.
If the US dollar is out of sync with the action in other asset classes, where can we look within the currencies market for a clear perspective of investors’ attitudes toward risk?
That’s right… the yen!
Let’s look at a couple of charts highlighting the Japanese yen’s weakness and discuss what it means for the current market environment.