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British Pound Forecast – Politics and Data Dominate GBP/USD

British Pound Forecast – Politics and Data Dominate GBP/USD

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist


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  • UK politics back in the spotlight.
  • GBP/USD traders should be wary of heavyweight US data releases.
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The two candidates looking to be the next UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, will take part in a series of head-to-head televised debates, starting tonight, that will go a long way to deciding who gets the keys to No.10 Downing Street. Current polling shows Foreign Secretary Truss leading the former Chancellor among Conservative voters and party members.

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While UK politics may make headlines this week and affect Sterling, a range of heavyweight US data and events this week will likely be the driver of any moves in GBP/USD. The standout event is the FOMC meeting on Wednesday where the Fed is expected to hike interest rates by another 75 basis points. The latest market pricing shows a 76.3% probability of a 75 basis point hike and a 23.7% of a 100 basis point move. In addition, the first look at US Q2 GDP on Thursday – likely negative – and Core PCE on Friday will give traders a much better take on the state of the US economy.

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Cable is trading either side of 1.2000 as the week kicks off in a fairly subdued fashion. A break above 1.2064 would see the pair trading at their best level in nearly three weeks, while there is little in the way of support, aside from the 20-day simple moving average at 1.1968, to prevent the pair from breaking back below 1.1900. Cable looks indecisive at the moment and better trading opportunities lie elsewhere.

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GBP/USD Daily Price Chart – July 25, 2022

Retail trader data show 75.75% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 3.12 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 1.39% higher than yesterday and 7.87% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 3.52% lower than yesterday and 2.27% higher from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to fall. Positioning is more net-long than yesterday but less net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed GBP/USD trading bias.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -15% 8% -1%
Weekly -10% 9% 2%
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What is your view on the British Pound – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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