GBP: Near-Term Challenges Remain; What's The Trade? - BofAML

GBP: Near-Term Challenges Remain; What's The Trade? - BofAML

1 May 2017, 19:03
Vasilii Apostolidi

Bank of America Merrill Lynch FX Strategy Research argues that GBP still faces some near-term headwinds which should keep GBP/USD capped below $1.30 in the very near-term. 

"UK elections; momentum/positioning and seasonality all pose risksGBP/USD tends to underperform into and following General Elections, whilst the prospect of large majorities has not immediately translated into a higher cable," BofAML adds.

As such, BofAML thinks there is a risk that markets could buy the large majority 'consensus', but sell the fact.

Beyond the risk of the coming UK election, BofAML is cautiously optimistic on GBP in the medium-term.

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We reiterate that GBP will likely trade at a structurally lower equilibrium level and GBP/USD is unlikely to regain its pre-Referendum range. A slowing domestic economy tempers prospects of sustained upside but sterling's pro-cyclical bias is reasserting itself which continues to suggest to us some undervaluation," BofAML adds. 

GBP/USD is trading circa 1.2913 as of writing. 

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