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BoE: Dovish hike or no hike are more likely outcomes – Nordea Markets

Andreas Steno Larsen, Research Analyst at Nordea Markets, suggests that while the market is convinced that Bank of England will hike firmly on Thursday, they think either a very dovish hike or no hike at all are more likely outcomes of the meeting.

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Most analysts agree that the Bank of England will hike the bank rate on Thursday and the market is accordingly pricing above 80-90% implied probability of a hike.  We are, however, less certain that BoE opts for a hike, because

  1. The unemployment rate remains glued to the latest NAIRU-assessment of around 4.25%, while wage growth has decelerated compared to latest inflation report from May (from 2.9% to 2.7%)
  2. Core inflation has surprised on the downside compared to the May inflation report, while headline has developed more or less in line with the May projections from BoE.”

“In sum, it is hard to see any reason for increased optimism on wage growth and core inflation in UK compared to the inflation report from May.”

“Also, the most recent voting indications given by MPC members haven’t convinced us that the >90% implied probability of a hike is a fair reflection of the probability of such an outcome.”

“Ultimately, we think the MPC will vote to keep rates unchanged by a 5-4 margin, but the view hinges on a dovish revision of the projections by the BoE staff.”

“The bottom-line is that we favour a short GBP position in to the meeting from a risk/reward perspective.  Even a dovish hike could end up as a GBP negative event, given the current pricing of BoE.”

“If the MPC set aside credibility considerations, there are no reasons to hike in the UK.”

“Brexit insurance costs are on the rise

  • On top of the potential dovish surprise from BoE, the option market is again increasingly indicating that market participants are willing to pay up for GBP downside protection.
  • We continue to look for levels above 0.90 in EUR/GBP, before considering a positive GBP stance.”


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