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FxWirePro: GBP/USD Bullish/Bearish Drivers, OTC Indications & Hedging Strategies
Bearish GBPUSD Scenarios:
1) The UK-EU fail to agree on a trade deal and the UK exits the transition period on WTO terms.
2) A renewed economic lockdown in the autumn/winter.
3) UK fiscal deficit extends towards 20% of GDP. 4) The BoE delivers more QE, forward guidance and NIRP.
Bullish GBPUSD Scenarios:
1) Agreement on a relatively expansive UK0-EU FTA.
2) A rapid post COVID-19 economic recovery.
3) The government extends the furlough scheme into 2021.
Projections For GBP:
GBP has been one of the strongest performing currencies in the past month. It has rallied partly on EUR’s coat-tails, but it has also outperformed in an underlying sense, assisted by the BoE’s loss of appetite for negative rates. Although we are observing some upgradation in the projections for cable in sympathy, Brexit is still being overshadowed, this is only momentary and hence, sterling remains jittery from a great sense of realism amongst investors about the government's objectives for the EU trade talks and its credible threat still to walk away in the pursuit of regulatory autonomy from the EU and freedom from strict level playing field commitments. As a result of the Brexit-virus coupled with Covid-pandemic, we are maintaining the GBP downside forecasts.
OTC Outlook & Hedging Strategies:
Options Strategy (Debit Put Spread): Contemplating above factors, we think, it is wise to deploy diagonal options strategy by adding short sterling: short a 2M/2W GBPUSD put spread (1.3267/1.28), spot reference: 1.3212 levels.
The Rationale: Observe the 3m GBP’s positive skewness that has still stretched towards OTM Put strikes upto 1.26 levels, to substantiate this bearish hedging stance, existing bearish risk-reversal setup remains intact amid minor bids of hedging for the short-term upside risks.
Hence, options traders are expecting that the underlying spot FX to slide southwards.
Alternatively, on hedging grounds, activated shorts in GBPUSD futures contracts of August’20 deliveries with an objective of arresting potential slumps, we wish to uphold them for now. Courtesy: Sentry, Saxo & JPM