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Economists at Credit Suisse see GBP remaining at a risk of a “final rout” ahead of any Brexit deal being agreed, due to the necessary theatrics ahead of that outcome. A new test of EUR/GBP 0.9400 seems very possible in the coming weeks, at which point it would finally make sense to buy GBP looking for an eventual deal.

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“For now, GBP is holding its own while trade talks with the EU are ongoing, given the ever-present chance of a breakthrough. Especially as option markets suggest that risk premia are already priced into the GBP options curve. But we still believe underlying UK economic fragility and the risk of a final showdown with the EU means GBP levels approaching 1.30 in GBP/USD and below 0.91 in EUR/GBP should be faded in the first half of October.”

“Extremely high open interest in short sterling rates futures and a dramatic bid for calls point to increasing expectations of a risk of negative rates in the UK in the year ahead.  These moves have coincided with a phase of much higher implied GBP volatility in the aftermath of the introduction of the Internal Markets Bill. We see a good chance of a EUR/GBP spike to test 2020 highs around 0.9400, only after which would we wish to recommend fading GBP weakness and looking ahead to an eventual Brexit deal.”