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GBP Soars 2% On Brexit Vote, 1.35 Next?

By Kathy LienForexMar 13, 2019 05:10PM ET
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GBP Soars 2% On Brexit Vote, 1.35 Next?
By Kathy Lien   |  Mar 13, 2019 05:10PM ET
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Daily FX Market Roundup March 13, 2019.

Kathy Lien, Managing Director of FX Strategy for BK Asset Management.

Investors are relieved that Britain won’t be spiraling out of the European Union with no agreement. In the past 2 days, Parliament rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement and voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Unfortunately rather than accept defeat, May refused to back down and recognize the will of Parliament and instead responded by saying a no-deal Brexit is still the default unless a deal is made. With that in mind, she can’t punt any longer and needs to request for an Article 50 extension. There are reports that she will ask for a 2 month delay and if she doesn’t, Thursday’s vote will force her hand.

GBP/USD jumped more than 2% Wednesday and EUR/GBP dropped to its lowest level in over a year. The risk of a no-deal Brexit has worried central bankers and investors for months and with this option shelved, the UK economy is no longer at risk of a deep and fast contraction. Instead, growth will continue to deflate slowly until the UK leaves the European Union and secures favorable trade agreements with other countries. By no means is Britain out of the woods but for the time being, the strong rally in GBP reflects the market’s relief that the country hasn’t been plunged into chaotic void.

But there’s one more big hurdle for sterling to clear and that’s the timeframe for the extension of Article 50 – will it be the short 2-month supplement to the deadline or a longer 2-year addition? We know from previous comments by the European Commission that they are open to delaying the exit beyond a year but the Prime Minister who has refused to make the request up until now may opt for a shorter extension in the hopes that it will force everyone’s hand. It is not clear how soon we will know but the request is assured and the EU will grant it. They’re not thrilled because ruling out no deal still requires an agreement to be reached but at least they won’t be running up against the March 29 deadline.

Having had years to reach an agreement, expectations for a 2-month extension are low but if May puts in the request and the EU accepts it (and there’s no reason for them not to), GBP/USD could extend its rally to 1.35. All of the financial markets benefitted from the Brexit vote – US equities rose strongly as all of the high-beta currencies followed sterling upwards. EUR/USD broke through 1.13 while USD/CAD descended below 1.33. USD/CHF is at the cusp of breaking parity. A no-deal Brexit would have been bad for the Eurozone, which is why after Wednesday’s vote there could be more short covering in the currency. Eurozone fundamentals aren’t great but the recovery in industrial production at the start of the month, positive risk appetite and bottoming of German bond yields should encourage further gains in the currency. At minimum, we expect EUR/USD to hit 1.1365/1.14.

The U.S. dollar could extend its slide against all of the major currencies especially after Wednesday’s softer inflation report. Consumer and producer prices increased from the previous month but the positive contribution of higher oil prices has been limited. Thursday's jobless claims and new home sales reports are not expected to have a significant impact on the currency. Instead, USD/JPY traders will shift their focus to the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy meeting, which was due Wednesday night. No changes in policy are expected but the economy has slowed and inflation is moving lower. The central bank could lower their economic assessment, which could extend the slide in the Japanese Yen.

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HouseofJenga Tiger
HouseofJenga Mar 15, 2019 2:14PM ET
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If you have been an observer of British politics over the last 2 years since 2016 referendum, you will know the May and the British parliament has no desire/will/backbone to have actual Brexit.  It will be that deal that will be worse than the existing relationship or no Brexit.  May and the Parliament will either sign a worse deal, defer (kick the can down the road), cancel the referendum, have a new referendum.  It is very bullish for pound/sterling, as the richest, bankers, and globalist want no Brexit and they are the sponsors of May and the Parliament, not the people.  Because if they did, they would already invoked article 50 and left with no deal and trade under WTO and allow the pound/sterling to fall to adjust for the new trade relationship.  Buy pound/sterling on dips.
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Bằng Nguyễn Mar 15, 2019 6:58AM ET
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Thank You!
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Atsan Dubois
Atsan Dubois Mar 14, 2019 4:20AM ET
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GBP is going up only because the probability of a new referendum have increased. As soon this is ruled out the pound will shoot down
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Jude Especkerman Mar 13, 2019 11:12PM ET
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As usual very good analysis
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Ellon Lon Mar 13, 2019 11:10PM ET
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thank you
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great analysis
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Hass me Mar 13, 2019 5:49PM ET
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You're great as usual
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Ibtesam Khan Mar 13, 2019 5:36PM ET
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is euro going down soon?
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