GBPUSD: Positioning, sentiment, and the BoE

The picture with the GBP is mixed with positioning, sentiment and the BoE making the immediate path tricky. The Bank of England was one of the first major banks to increase interest rates in order to deal with surging inflation. With inflation at 9% y/y the early action was clearly justified. The last central bank meeting saw a dovish hike. See here for full details. The bottom line was that the BoE expect inflation to peak at 10%, but growth to turn negative in 2023. This was the perfect stagflation picture of slowing growth, high inflation. The Bank of England may even find themselves cutting interest rates in 2023 at this rate. See my latest comments on this to the Daily Express newspsaper.

Political woes add to GBPUSD trouble

At the end of May PM Johnson said that the UK economy is facing a difficult period ahead. On top of the PM Johnson is also potentially facing a confidence crisis in his leadership after the Sue Gray report showed the PM at the heart of some of the COVID restrictions being broken.

25 bps hike expected for June

The short term interest rate markets are pricing in a 100% chance of a 25bps rate hike on June 16. Why? Simply because the BoE needs to control inflation at the risk of slowing growth. So, the BoE may need to hike again after this and then perhaps hit the pause button to see where the UK economy is at. 

Sentiment & Positioning

So the sentiment for the GBP is now sliding to the bearish side. The positioning from the COT report is also more to the bearish side with aggregate positioning both below the mean and more than 1 standard deviation lower. Here is the Financial Source COT report below showing that: 

Financial source COT report for the GBP

This means there is not really a very clear macro bias for the GBP right now. However, EURGBP dip buyers still makes sense as the ECB are having to turn more aggressive on hiking rates in order to control a surge in eurozone inflation. Any dip deeps lower in the EURGBP should find those medium term dip buyers stepping back in. By the way remember that if you want any help really getting to grip with how to trade financial markets my weekend intensive courses can really help. See here for more info.