Yen Trades Near 2009 Low Versus Euro as BOJ Raises Debt Buying


Staff member
Nov 30, 2008
The yen traded near the weakest level against the euro this year after the Bank of Japan said it will step up purchases of government debt, encouraging investors to seek higher-yielding assets overseas.

The dollar was near a one-month low against the euro as Asian stocks extended a rally in global equities, damping demand for the U.S. currency as a refuge from the financial turmoil. South Korea’s won weakened versus the dollar, snapping a three- day advance, on speculation domestic companies took advantage of its recent gains to pay import bills.

“Governments and central banks are taking various measures which are supporting sentiment that the worst of the financial crisis may be over,” said Yuji Saito, Tokyo-based head of the foreign-exchange group at Societe Generale SA, France’s third- largest bank. “People who had shunned risk are returning to the markets. This is causing selling of the dollar and the yen.”

Japan’s currency traded at 128.48 against the euro as of 3 p.m. in Tokyo, from 128.35 yesterday in New York, when it slid 0.8 percent. It earlier dropped to 128.83, the weakest since Dec. 29. The yen was at 98.51 per dollar from 98.60.

From Bloomberg News.