USD/JPY Pip Range Analysis – Ninja Pair

by Oct 3, 2019Forex Currency Pairs

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I want to give more insight with USD/JPY Forex currency pair analysis through following topics:

  1. USD/JPY Name Analysis
  2. USD/JPY Analysis Popularity
  3. How to Trade USD/JPY
  4. Trading Session Pip Range
  5. What is USD/JPY Daily Range
  6. USD/JPY Weekly Range
  7. Monthly Range and Pip Range History
  8. What Impacts USD/JPY Volatility
  9. Connection Between Volatility and News
  10. USD/JPY Analysis – What to Take From Here

USD/JPY Name Analysis

Have you watched movie with Ninja where Japanese actor under the mask fights against bad people?

The USD/JPY trading pair is called Ninja because Yen is the Japan currency. Somewhere you will find name Yen as the nickname for USD/JPY trading pair and sometimes you will see name Gopher.

Whichever you use, Forex trader will know what trading pair you are talking about.

USD/JPY Analysis Popularity

The USD/JPY trading pair is well known trading pair and it is one of the major trading pairs in the Forex market. The USD/JPY trading pair have low bid-ask spread which makes this pair popular among the traders.

Japanese Yen is also the reserve currency like the U.S. dollar and thus it is widely used in trading. The Yen is a safe haven currency where investors like to hide their money in time of crisis. In 2009 we could see how the Yen have gain in the value against the U.S. dollar which confirms Yen as a save haven currency.

In time when there is not crisis and the economy and markets in the world are in good health the Yen start to lose its value. After the financial crisis in 2009, the Yen started to lose on its value. Investors have moved from Yen to other currencies and the Yen have lost the value.

USD/JPY have a daily turnover of $900 billion which makes this pair the second most traded currency pair after the EUR/USD. Roughly that is 17.7% of forex daily turnover.

And if you take all above said you can understand why the USD/JPY trading pair so popular.

How to Trade USD/JPY

Whenever you see some kind of crisis you can expect that the value of the Yen will rise. That means the USD/JPY trading pair will start to lose it value, meaning U.S. dollar will weaken and the Yen will start to gain in value.

If you see that some of the banks, FED or Bank of Japan(BoJ), starts to intervene in the market you will see that the pair start to move faster. In which direction will move depends on the bank move.

If the BoJ starts to intervene, this was back in 2012 when Japan prime minister Shinzō Abe have conducted QE(quantitative-easing), you can expect that the Yen will gain or lose on its value. When QE was started, the Yen started to lose its value because Japan started to pump more money in the market. Bringing more currency in the market flow it will decrease its value.

 USD/JPY volatility 2012 -  quantitative-easing

USD/JPY volatility 2012 – quantitative-easing

How to Trade USD/JPY – Volatility

In the image above you can see what happens when the news from the banks are released. Volatility on the trading pair increases and in some cases it can last for long period. Last move caused by QE was 3,5 years long and you could benefit by buying USD/JPY trading pair.

Volatility will increase when ever there are news that have influence on the currency in this pair. If the news are from FED or U.S. labor market it will have impact on the volatility of the U.S. dollar.

If the news are good then prepare to buy the USD/JPY but if the news are bad prepare to sell the USD/JPY trading pair.

USD/JPY Analysis – Trading Session Pip Range

Lets dive into USD/JPY trading pair analysis to see how the pair behaves in different hour, day and month. I want to emphasize that the time of the candle price is taken out from the platform which is on GMT+1.

First chart shows how the pair is doing on the trading sessions compared to other trading pairs. I have ordered pairs on the chart to easily see which pair have the lowest and which have the highest volatility.

Trading session pip range -comparison

The USD/JPY is the eight trading pair with the highest volatility in all trading sessions which implies that the pair is the one of the medium volatile pairs among all other pairs. The USD/JPY analysis shows us that traders do not love to much to trade it and we have moderate pip range during each session.

Read more: Forex Market Trading Session

Which Trading Session Should You Trade

If you are not bond to the time frame during each day like if you live in Australia, and it does not make a problem for you to trade on the London or New York trading session, then you can extract the best volatility from the market.

On Sydney and Tokyo session you will have some volatility which can be enough for almost every strategy because pip range more than 30 pips is great. Moving from Asian session to European, London, session we see small rise in the pair volatility.

The London session gives us volatility which is similar to the Sydney session on some days in a week. Because the USD and JPY are world major currencies, many traders love to trade these currencies and consequently pair have higher volatility.

During the London session we have overlap with New York session which gives us more volatility because U.S. traders jumps in the market. During overlap, news on the U.S. market are published which impacts all currencies in the world.

You will see further in this post on the chart how the overlap time have impact on the pair volatility during the day.

  USD/ JPY analysis - trading session pip range

USD/JPY analysis – trading session pip range

From this chart you should take information that the USD/JPY analysis shows you that:

  • pair have high volatility on the London and New York trading session
  • during overlap with London and New York session, the trading pair have small increase in volatility
  • starting from the Monday, volatility increases
  • volatility peak is in the middle of the week, on Thursday
  • volatility is still high on the Friday

USD/JPY Analysis – Daily Range

If you take a look how the overlap looks like then you understand why pip range is higher on these times. The trading session chart shows that the time between 2 trading session, the London and New York, happens between 14:00-18:00h(GMT+1).

Trading sessions

Trading sessions

How does the time overlap looks on the daily pip range, measured in hours during a day is shown on the next chart. Immediately you can see that time between 14:00-18:00 have rise in pip range which confirms above said.

Time overlap between the London and New York trading session, news publishing, large amount of traders on the market have a result as increased pip volatility in that time.

It is not only the London and New York trading session overlap that makes a difference in pip volatility. You can see that the trading session overlap between the London and Tokyo make a change on the pair volatility.

 USD/ JPY analysis - daily pip range

USD/JPY analysis – daily pip range

USD/JPY Analysis – London Session

The London session is known as the largest one and while the USD and YEN are major currencies, traders like to trade them. We see increase in pip range from 09:00h up to 11:00/12:00h.

Around noon we see drop in the pip range on the London session. Mostly this is due to lunch brake in Europe, positions are set and traders relax in the next 2 hours waiting for the New York session.

USD/JPY Analysis – New York Trading Session

Around 14:00h we see rise on the pip range and reason for this is that U.S. traders together with the Europe traders are active on the market. The USD/JPY volatility increases due to large amount of trades.

Traders form their positions and mostly around that time news from the U.S. are published. News have high impact on this pair because the USD currency is widely connected to all other currencies. So, when the USD currency moves all other currencies also move, more or less.

Going to the end of the day you see that the pip range starts to decline, especially when the London trading session finishes (17:00h). Large amount of traders close their position, USD/JPY volatility declines and pair is traded less.

By the end of the day the pip range is at the same level as it was on the start of the day. Sydney and Tokyo trading session takes over and another day comes.

What you should take from these two charts for your trading:

  • During a day the pair have highest volatility on the trading session overlap
  • Two trading session overlap have increase in the the pair volatility, Tokyo-London and the London-New York session
  • The best time to trade is on the London-New York trading session overlap where the pip volatility is at the highest rate
  • You should close your positions, if you are a day trader, until the London session closes to avoid later “slower” movements

USD/JPY Analysis – Weekly Range

On the next chart I will show you how the pair is doing on the weekly basis, but not on the trading sessions. This information you can incorporate into your trading strategy when you plan to trade this pair.

USD/ JPY analysis - weekly pip range

USD/JPY analysis – weekly pip range

Similar to the chart “USD/JPY analysis – trading session pip range” this chart shows similar data on the pair volatility. Starting from the Monday, the pip volatility increases. This increase we can connect with waking of the market after weekend.

From the Monday to Wednesday, traders makes they trading strategy and enters into trades. Trends on the pair movement start to form. Traders looks what is pair trend, make trading plan when to enter and exit and which news will have impact on the trading pair.

These key characteristics are done over weekend before or on the start of the week. When all is done traders enters into positions and they day trade or wait several days to exit their positions.

When the pair hits Wednesday, mostly traders start to plan to exit trades. The pair volatility declines to the end of the week. On the Friday there is still volatility, higher comparing to the Monday.

On the Friday traders tend to close their positions due to weekend on which sometimes can news be published, which have high impact on the pair. So, to avoid that kind of possible problem, if news are against trader, they close their position on Friday.

Friday – Day for Profit Lock

During the Friday you could see that the price of the pair reverse against weekly trend. Reason for this is also in closing positions of the traders who takes their profit from the market.

What you should take from this chart:

  • On the Monday prepare yourself for trend forming
  • Until the Wednesday do not trade or scalp if you are scalper or day trader. Wait until highest volatility hits the pair where you can extract most out of this trading pair
  • If you are weekly or long term trader wait until the Wednesday until the trend is formed or confirmed
  • On the Friday get out from the trading pair if you are uncertain will there be any news over the weekend which could impact the trading pair volatility

USD/JPY Analysis – Monthly Range and Pip Range History

In the next part of the blog post I will show you 12, twelve, charts which shows the USD/JPY analysis over few decades in order to give you the best pair volatility overview.

USD/ JPY - Monthly average pip range

USD/JPY – Monthly average pip range


 USD/ JPY analysis - January pip range

USD/JPY analysis – January pip range


USD/ JPY analysis - February pip range

USD/JPY analysis – February pip range


  USD/ JPY analysis - March pip range

USD/JPY analysis – March pip range


 USD/ JPY analysis - April pip range

USD/JPY analysis – April pip range


  USD/ JPY analysis - May pip range

USD/JPY analysis – May pip range


  USD/ JPY analysis - June pip range

USD/JPY analysis – June pip range


USD/ JPY analysis - July pip range

USD/JPY analysis – July pip range


USD/ JPY analysis - August pip range

USD/JPY analysis – August pip range


  USD/ JPY analysis - September pip range

USD/JPY analysis – September pip range


 USD/ JPY analysis - October pip range

USD/JPY analysis – October pip range


 USD/ JPY analysis - November pip range

USD/JPY analysis – November pip range


 USD/JPY analysis - December pip range

USD/JPY analysis – December pip range

USD/JPY Analysis – Monthly Conclusion

Small volatility leaves smaller opportunity for traders because it is much easier to grab some pips in over 100 daily pip range instead trading on 70 daily pip range. So, in these times you can expect that you will have lower average pip income.

This directly impact on the trading results because smaller pip movement can be hard to trade when spread or commission is to large. Sometimes opening a trade is not worth of the costs you will pay just to enter into the trade.

Smaller volatility can trick you in a way you think there is a trend but momentum slows down and you get stuck in a trade. You have less trades available or signals from your trading strategy and your strategy begins to give you less profitable trades.

What we see generally by average line on each month is that the average pip range is declining from 2009 and we do not have such volatility as before. This gives us less opportunities to catch higher number of pips but still pair has large volatility that allows us to trade it and to earn money.

What Impacts USD/JPY Volatility

What influences these two currencies is primary their economy. One of the highest indicator that have large impact on the currency is interest rate in each country.

Mostly when interest rates are increasing price of the currency is increasing. This is called International Fisher effect.When interest rate is higher in Canada it means that JPY will rise comparing to USD. When USD interest rates is higher than Canada, USD will rise comparing to JPY.

Higher interest rates means currency
will attract more investors in that country where they can earn more money and
currency becomes more desirable.

Connection Between Volatility and News

Countries with high level of inflation depreciate more compared to other currencies. Inflation causes the central bank to intervene in a way as adjusting interest rate to control undesired effects.

When interest rates is increasing that is good for currency so you can expect price of JPY will rise. Why does it rise – because when there is high interest rate in country it attracts more investors who can benefit on high rates.

But have in mind that the trading pair chart is not only with one currency but with two currencies. This means sometimes if interest rates is increasing for JPY it could happen that trading pair value will not increase. Reason could be that USD is stronger even interest rate on JPY is rising, pair price could remain moving sideways or even falling.



  • PPI as Producer’s Price Index
    • shows trends within sale markets, manufacturing industries and commodities markets
  • CPI as Consumer Price Index
    • Consumer Price Index measures inflation that is most important indicator of the economic health of that country
  • PMI as Purchasing Managers Index
    • shows us are purchasing managers optimistic or pessimistic about the economy
  • GDP Gross Domestic Product
    • tells us how much the economy is strong, hod does it advance and is it healthy or not

These indicators have impact on the price of any currency and they are ones which you should watch. Price index is telling how the price of consumer goods and manufacturing material is doing. These prices have impact on inflation and consequently on interest rates.

GDP is overall information how country is doing and this information will have large impact on the price of currency.

I will not go more into details about these indicators but you can check for more information on the links I have gave.

USD/JPY Analysis – What to Take From Here

As I have give a lot of information in USD/JPY analysis there is useful information you can use in your trading.

  • Pair have average volatility and moderate movements
  • Use overlap in trading sessions, London and New York, to extract as much pips is possible because then you will have the highest movement
  • During a week choose to trade on the middle of the week, Wednesday and Thursday because then you have the best volatility and chance to grab pips from the market
  • Watch for Friday – lock the profits you have to avoid impact from weekend news if there is any
  • Few months in the year have increased volatility so pay attention to them
  • Watch out on published news and indicators that have large impact on the currency

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Frano Grgić

Frano Grgić

A Forex trader since 2009. I like to share my knowledge and I like to analyze the markets. My goal is to have a website which will be the first choice for traders and beginners. Market analysis is featured by Forex Factory next to large publications like DailyFX, Bloomberg... GetKnowTrading is becoming recognized among traders as a website with simple and effective market analysis.


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