GBP/USD – British pound slips over white paper blues

The British pound has posted considerable losses in the Friday session. In North American trade, the pair is trading at 1.3150, down 0.42% on the day. The pair is at its lowest level since July 3. It’s a quiet end to the week, with no British data releases. In the U.S, the key event is UoM Consumer Sentiment, which is expected to dip to 98.1 points.

With the Brexit talks in disarray, both sides are making contingency plans for a ‘hard Brexit’, in the event that the parties fail to reach an agreement. On Thursday, the British government released a white paper, which is a blueprint for trade arrangements with the EU when Britain leaves the club in March 2019. The proposal suggests that the UK and the EU will enter into an “associate agreement”, which maintains current agreements with regards to goods but not services. This would hurt the London financial sector, which is already facing the loss of hundreds of financial jobs from London to the continent. Hardliner Brexiters oppose the white paper, which they argue does not give Britain full control over trade policy. Will the Europeans buy what May is selling? EU policymakers are reviewing the white paper and if it is rejected, investors could get panicky and send the pound lower.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell gave the U.S economy a solid report card on Thursday. In a radio interview, Powell said that the economy is “in a really good place”, pointing to President Trump’s massive tax cut scheme and increased spending as key factors in boosting economic growth. Powell did not address monetary policy and said he was uncertain as to the outcome of the current trade disputes which has embroiled the U.S and its trading partners. The Fed will likely press the rate trigger in the second half of the year, but it is an open question as to whether we’ll see one hike over the next six months. The Fed is projecting growth of 2.8% in 2018, compared to 2.3% in 2017. Powell will be in the spotlight next week when he appears for his semi-annual testimony before Congress.

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GBP/USD Fundamentals

Friday (July 13)

  • 7:30 BoE Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe Speaks
  • 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 98.1
  • 10:00 US Preliminary UoM Inflation Expectations
  • 11:00 US Fed Monetary Policy Report

Saturday (July 14)

  • Tentative – British NIESR GDP Estimate

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold


GBP/USD for Friday, July 13, 2018

GBP/USD July 13 at 8:00 DST

Open: 1.3205 High: 1.3208 Low: 1.3103 Close: 1.3150


GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2905 1.2996 1.3088 1.3186 1.3263 1.3494

GBP/USD edged lower in the Asian session and continues to lose ground in European trade

  • 1.3088 is providing support
  • 1.3186 was tested earlier in resistance. It is a weak line
  • Current range: 1.3186 to 1.3263

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3088, 1.2996 and 1.2905
  • Above: 1.3186, 1.3263, 1.3494 and 1.3613

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.