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How to trade USD/JPY

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The USD/JPY pair is one of the most traded currency pairs in the Forex market. Nicknamed the ‘gopher’, this pair sees periods of high volatility and generally long stable periods. Now, this can mean little ‘action’ for South African traders for most of the year. But then, there are also phases of intense volatility. These sudden spikes and dips are usually triggered by some political event, as the pair is highly sensitive to global events.

The ‘Yen’ pair is the second-most traded currency pair on the Forex market. It’s a highly liquid pair, featuring two of the most important reserve currencies in the world (USD is the first and the Japanese Yen is the fourth). The pair also has low bid-ask spreads. It’s a great pair for beginners to trade in and is popular with more experienced traders as well. It’s no surprise then that the dollar/yen pair is popular with binary traders as well.

When is the best time to trade binary options in South Africa? Brokers will most often have the platform for trading open when the market of the asset is open. So if binary trading South Africa the NYSE, Nasdaq, DOW or S&P, the assets will be open to place a trade at the same time as the markets for those assets are open.

You can also ask when is the best time to trade USD/JPY, and between 12:00 and 15:00 you maximize the efficiency in your trading of the USD/JPY. This mentioned period of time will most often provide some of the best opportunities to start ​trading for some capital, as the increased volatility gives you more opportunities to place the trades.

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How to Trade USD-JPY

Know about the Gopher:
In this pair, the dollar is the base and the Yen is the quote currency. In other words, the USD/JPY value tells you how many JPY the trader must pay to buy a USD. Since binary options trading is ruled by statistical trends, binary traders in South Africa should be aware of the trends and ranges in the pair to correctly predict which way the price will move.

There are several factors that affect this exchange rate:

  • The Economies: Of course, the two economies have a role to play. A stronger economy means higher interest rates that attract more foreign investment. The demand for local currencies (USD and JPY respectively) will go up and the USD/JPY value will be affected accordingly. On the flip side, if the economies are weak, they will affect the currencies negatively.
  • Central bank action: If the currency is undervalued or overvalued, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve will take intervening action. For instance, if the Federal Reserve sets an interest rate to strengthen the USD, the USD/JPY is likely to rise.
  • Japanese import-export balance: Japan’s economy depends heavily on its imports and exports. It’s a good idea for binary traders to keep an eye out on Japanese import-export news, or disturbing events that could instigate the Bank of Japan to take intervening action.
  • Natural disasters in Japan: The economy of Japan is vulnerable to natural disasters because of its geography. Don’t forget to factor this into your analysis.
  • The relative growth of the USD/Yen: The Yen generally has a slower growth compared the USD, because of the Japanese economy’s long period of stagnation.

Trade during Asian market hours:

Not all 24 hours are worthwhile for binary trading in most currency pairs, though the dollar/yen pair is somewhat an odd pair in this regard. It sees some activity throughout the day.

But for traders in South Africa who want to be most efficient, the best time to trade in the USD-JPY pair is when there is most action in the Asian markets. This is usually between 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. GMT (12 a.m. to 10 a.m. South Africa time). This is when you’re likely to find most binary options.

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Understanding the factors that affect Japan’s currency and the trends in the US market will help South African traders keep reliable track of the USD/JPY pair. This will tell you how to trade USD-JPY pair with the right timing for call and put actions with IQOption.

The financial products offered by the company carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.
NOTE: This article is not an investment advice. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational and based on external analysis and we do not warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future. In accordance with European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) requirements, binary and digital options trading is only available to clients categorized as professional clients.
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