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Asian currencies affected by high US inflation; Japanese yen falls below 150.

Asian Currencies Struggle as U.S. Inflation Data Rattles Markets

Inflation Data Stokes Fear of Prolonged U.S. Interest Rates

Most Asian currencies faced significant losses on Wednesday, with the dollar hovering near three-month highs following stronger-than-expected U.S. inflation data. This has raised concerns that the Federal Reserve may keep interest rates higher for an extended period, further impacting Asian markets.

Japanese Yen Takes a Hit

The Japanese yen was particularly hard-hit, with the currency falling below the 150 level to the dollar for the first time since late-November. This decline comes as a result of recent dovish signals from the Bank of Japan, which have left traders wary of the currency.

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Bank of Japan’s Approach to Interest Rates

A high-ranking BOJ official has indicated that while the bank plans to start raising interest rates from ultra-low levels this year, the process is expected to be slow. This cautious approach suggests limited tightening in the ultra-loose monetary conditions that have been weighing on the yen in recent months.

Impact of U.S. Interest Rates on Asian Currencies

Expectations of prolonged higher U.S. interest rates have placed pressure on the yen. This is especially evident following the release of Tuesday’s consumer price index (CPI) data, which showed that inflation in the U.S. remains higher than anticipated.

Dollar Strength and Rate Cut Bets

The dollar and the yen both experienced declines in Asian trade, remaining close to three-month highs. The dollar’s surge in overnight trade came in response to the CPI data, which reinforced expectations of the Fed maintaining steady interest rates for an extended period.

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Impact on Asian Currencies

The prospect of higher U.S. rates for an extended period has implications for risk-heavy, high-yielding Asian currencies. As the gap between risky and low-risk yields narrows, these currencies face increased vulnerability. This is further exacerbated by the rise in U.S. Treasury yields following the inflation reading.

Market Performance

Asian currencies remained relatively stable on Wednesday following significant losses in the prior session. The Singapore dollar and the Indonesian rupiah saw some recovery after hitting multi-month lows, while the Chinese yuan remained static in offshore trade.

The Indian rupee, however, weakened past the 83 level once again, remaining close to a three-month low. Meanwhile, domestic Chinese markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.

The article has been condensed to approximately 350 words.

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