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AUD/JPY kicks off the daily watchlist for the new month with the RBA monetary policy meeting set to make waves very soon.

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Fresh Market Headlines & Economic data:

Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Forex Calendar:

  • Fed Barkin speaks in Charlotte at 5:40 pm GMT
  • Australia retail sales at 2:30 am GMT (June 4)
  • Reserve Bank of Australia rate statement at 5:30 am GMT (June 4)
  • Euro area CPI Flash estimate at 10:00 am GMT (June 4)
  • Euro area Unemployment rate at 10:00 am GMT (June 4)
  • RBA Lowe speaks in Sydney at 10:00 am
  • Euro area CPI Flash estimate at 10:00 am GMT (June 4)

What to Watch: AUD/JPY

AUD/JPY 1-Hour Forex Chart
AUD/JPY 1-Hour Forex Chart

One of the biggest fundamental events of the week for currencies is the Reserve Bank of Australia’s upcoming monetary policy meeting, which has high expectations of a rate cut coming. There’s also been a lot of debate among the FX community as how much the RBA will cut down the road and how it could affect the Australian economy.

So, with a lot of uncertainty ahead, there is big potential for market movement in the Aussie, and given the current global risk aversion behavior we’re seeing due to geopolitical issues with trade, the yen makes sense to pair with the Aussie today as it will likely continue to see action due to its “safe haven” status among currency traders.

From a price action standpoint, AUD/JPY made a sharp move lower recently from 76.00 to 75.00 on the geopolitical trade tensions last week boosting the yen, but has since bounced this week to retest a strong broken support area around the 75.50 minor psychological level. For the bears, shorting from this area up to the strong resistance area around 76.00 makes sense if you expect a rate cut and bearish reaction in the Aussie. For the more conservative traders, you might want to see an actual retest of 76.00 before jumping in with a small position.

For the bulls, a no rate cut scenario or the RBA setting up an expectation of limited rate cuts down the road could spark an Aussie rally, so it makes sense if you’re looking to buy this pair to wait for the actual event and reassess your fundamental bias. A drastic shift in global trade rhetoric to positive  would also be a likely buy signal for the pair, but a super low probability scenario at this point.

Also, since this type of event is very likely to see a burst of volatility, a news straddle strategy could be an appropriate approach if you are able to watch and trade the event live.