Sterling Volatility Heightened Leading Up to the EU Referendum - Investec

Sterling Volatility Heightened Leading Up to the EU Referendum - Investec

7 June 2016, 13:10
Roberto Jacobs
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Sterling Volatility Heightened Leading Up to the EU Referendum - Investec

Research Team at Investec, suggests that they have been talking a lot recently about volatility and particularly heightened Sterling volatility leading up to the EU referendum as uncertainty of the outcome, and how the pound will move, grows.

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“This morning we saw what that 'volatility' that the currency option market is pricing in can look like. In the early hours of this morning the Pound jumped almost 2 cents against the US Dollar in less than one minute (a move that in normal conditions could take a day at least).

After several polls and bets recently showed the leave vote had gained momentum, a build-up of short term Sterling selling of late combined with illiquid Asian trading times, showed us on a smaller scale what unwinding a one way bet looks like. Whether the move was accidental, or algorithms electronically cutting short positions in micro-seconds, this serves as a timely reminder of how big a hedging risk the EU referendum event could be.”


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