Pound Value hinges on Brexit Deal
Brexit is anchoring the Pound against the majority of major currencies due to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit. The current situation is not a good one, May’s deal in it’s current form seems to have little chance of being passed by parliament. The lack of faith in the deal going through was the reason the vote has now been delayed. Parliament reconvenes on 7th January and the vote will be held on the week commencing 14th January.
The 21st January is the final date the government can release it’s withdrawal plans. The majority of the possible outcomes I would largely consider Sterling negative. Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission has stated that the deal on the table will not be renegotiated and that Brussels are only prepared to clarify the current terms of the deal. In it’s current form the deal does not look like it will go through which would hurt Sterling.
If the deal does not go through it is likely May will face a leadership challenge from Corbyn or May could resign, if this was to be the case the further political uncertainty would hurt the Pound. If May is ousted a General Election will be on the cards which does not bode well, but does bring a second referendum back to the table. If a second referendum is announced this could be deemed as pound positive as polls suggest the UK public would now vote to remain in the EU.
A no deal scenario would be the most damaging for the Pound although I am not of the opinion the losses will be as severe as the Bank of England have been touting. Carney suggested there will be over a 25% fall in house prices and GBP/EUR could drop below parity.
US-China Trade War could be prolonged
The US-China trade war continues to weigh on investors mind and many have moved away from the Australian Dollar due to Australia’s heavy reliance on the Chinese purchasing it’s goods and services. The current 90 day truce is in place provided China come to the table to negotiate over their current economic model. I am doubtful any major concessions will be made and the trade war could be prolonged which will hurt AUD. We could see an escalation if sufficient concessions are not made with the US threatening to increase tariffs on Chinese goods by 25%. This would hit both economies hard and also would cause further global economic uncertainty. If it were not for Brexit I think we would be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present the lack of clarity surrounding Britain’s future is holding the pound back.
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