JPY Swaps: Early long-end bid; 5y swap rate hits new high

Japanese Gate
Early paying in long-dated JPY swaps faded in the afternoon session. 5-year swaps have been paid up to their new high.

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  • Early long-end bid; 5y swap rate hits new high

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Early long-end bid; 5y swap rate hits new high

The JPY rates market has followed the USD treasury market lower. JGB future was down by almost 30-ticks in the morning session before trimming losses to mark 9-ticks lower at 147.89 in mid-afternoon Tokyo trading.


Swap trading has been less busy ahead of the Bank of Japan monetary policy meeting that started today. The BOJ is probably the last key central bank to conclude its monetary policy meeting in 2022 when the board wrap up the meeting tomorrow. However, the market largely expects another round of pause which will leave JPY rate divergence unresolved. Players therefore expect no surprise or wild market reaction tomorrow.


Flow-wise, losses in the cash bond market prompted some light paying at the longer-end of the curve at the open. 10-year, for example, traded in a tight range around 1.25bps higher of 0.635% soon after market open. Further up the maturity spectrum, 20-year traded 2.25bps higher of 1.0525


Paying interest at the long-end faded after lunch break although price action saw 10- and 20-year swap rates being marked almost 3-4bps in late-afternoon domestic trading. 10s/20s swaps steepened up by a basis point to 41.75bps at time of writing.


5-year traded briefly at its new high of 0.34%, or about 2bps higher than previous close. 2s/5s steepened up by 0.75bp to 18.5bp as a result.



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