This is the current CAD-JPY mid-market exchange rate. The Total Cost of buying foreign currency in the above table is calculated as the sum of all fees and the exchange rate margin, which is the difference between the provider's exchange rate and the mid-market CAD-JPY exchange rate.
Whenever you are researching a particular exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies as the value of a currency must always be quoted relative to a second currency.
So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the CAD vs JPY, you should pay attention to both Canadian Dollar and Japanese Yen news and forecasts.
7-February-19: January was a fantastic month for the Canadian dollar. A gain of 4 percent relative to the US dollar took USD/CAD away from 19-month highs near C$1.365 into the low C$1.31s.
A recovery in the oil market has played a big part in the loonie’s 2019 recovery. By the time of this report, oil had gained nearly $12 per barrel, or 23 percent, on 2018 lows. The price of oil remains vital to Canada’s economy; it had fallen by as much as 40 percent in the October-December period.
Going forward, risks to the Canadian dollar include, of course, oil, and the return of global trade tensions.
Towards the end of 2018, Goldman Sachs predicted a strong energy market rebound in 2019 — more so than has already been realised — and this would underpin Canada’s currency.
In February, Westpac reaffirmed its view that the Canadian dollar would be an outperformer in 2019. Canada’s growth picture is more secure than those of the eurozone, UK or Australia, Westpac believes, and as a result, the Bank of Canada will be more hawkish this year relative to other G10 central banks, driving CAD appreciation.
2-February-2019: The yen was the best performing major currency of 2018.
In early 2019, amid a “flash crash” USD/JPY briefly struck a 9-month low (yen high) of 104.65, EUR/JPY reached 118.82 and AUD/JPY touched a 10-year low of 70.58. These values greatly flattered the yen and rebounds followed quickly. By early February, the yen was, on balance, back where it had ended 2018. USD/JPY, EUR/JPY and AUD/JPY stood at 109.52, 125.58 and 77.25 respectively.
Analysts appeared to agree in January that the yen would strengthen throughout 2019 and beyond.
Experts at giant European banks Deutsche Bank and Credit Agricole forecast USD/JPY at 100 at the end of this year, indicating a potential 10 percent increase in the yen’s buying power relative to the greenback.
100 yen to the US dollar was “very attainable,” Russell Investments said, “if there’s a severe slowdown in the US economy.”
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