So far USD/JPY has shot to 79.48 from a low of 75.57 and the pair looks like it will push higher after the Ministry of Finance chomps through another set of sell orders around 79.20. Officials may take aim at 80.00 but based on the comments out of Japan, a Swiss-like peg doesn’t sound likely.
What also has the market spooked is a few headlines from the Wall Street Journal suggesting that clearinghouses and regulators are preparing for an MF Global bankruptcy filing.
EUR/USD is down 120 pips, cable down 150 pips, AUD/USD down 165 pips, USD/CAD up 70 pips and gold down $35.
Intervention and bankruptcy are two of the trickiest trades out there. On the one hand, this channels Lehman and the crisis but MF Global isn’t a huge employer. On the other, what happens as all those bonds hit the market in liquidation. It certainly won’t help Italian spreads.
I want to trade this but I don’t need to trade this, so I’ll sort it out in the morning. If anything, I’m thinking of adding to my EUR/CHF long as traders are reminded about the power, and potential profits, of intervention.