Pound In Free Fall Amidst Uncertainty

Dear Traders,

The free fall of the British pound continues with the U.K. economy facing difficult times in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the EU-bloc. The huge sell-off in the pound was the biggest story in the market yesterday and it continued even during the Asian trading session, sending the pound to a record low of 1.2797. The effects of Brexit on the U.K. economy and its confidence are becoming more and more evident. Meanwhile, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney outlined more tools to contain the Brexit fallout, pledging to implement any other measures needed. Carney warned of prospects for “a material slowing of the economy” amid concern over the health of the global economy.Given the high level of uncertainty in the U.K. commercial property market, three of the U.K.’s largest real estate funds have frozen almost 9.1 billion pounds of assets to halt Brexit retreat. All in all, the pound’s future does not look bright and traders should expect further losses given the uncertain environment. Dark clouds are gathering on Britain’s horizon and this is only the beginning.

Given the pound’s sharp depreciation, investors seek for safer assets, flocking into the U.S. dollar. The euro dropped towards 1.1035 as a result of that risk aversion. A next important support is seen around the 1.0990-level. Below 1.0980, we expect the euro to fall towards 1.0940 and 1.0870. On the upper side, the euro rejected the 1.1186-level, from where it went into a tailspin. With the 1.12-resistance being intact for the time being, euro bulls should wait for a break above 1.1215/20 in order to buy euros towards higher targets.

Market participants pushed back their bets for a Federal Reserve rate hike this year, even though the Fed is likely to stay on track to raise interest rates if growth and inflation expectations are met.

The Fed releases minutes from its June 14-15 FOMC meeting, but the FOMC minutes are expected to take a backseat to heightened concerns about global growth and risk aversion.

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, scheduled for release at 14:00 UTC will be watched closely whereby a better figure could add further strength to the greenback.

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