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GBPAUD – Brexit ‘No Deal’ To Spark A 1000 Pip Move?

13 August 2018 By Adam Taylor


Since September last year, the British Pound has enjoyed a relatively easy time against the Australian Dollar, often described as a solid bull run. However, many fundamental drivers have turned sour for the Sterling crosses, and with GBPAUD in particular, we may be in for a significant price reversal.

What’s Driving the Pound Aussie Pairing?

The obvious elephant in the room would be Brexit. For a while, it seemed there might have been light at the end of the tunnel for the UK and the EU, hence the bull run. However just recently, UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox has predicted that the odds of a ‘no deal’ are now as high as 60-40 due to difficulties, and subsequently, the general sense of doom and gloom weighing on the UK economy has reared its ugly head once more.

Australian Dollar Not Resistant To A Few Headaches

On the flip side, conditions aren’t necessarily much better south of the equator. As a commodity-centric currency, the Australian Dollar is struggling while trade-war-like tensions brew between the US and China. If we add jitters in Turkey creating a sell-off in higher risk currencies, as well as the RBA’s more cautious tone on inflation, the overall picture for AUD appears just as bleak as the Pound Sterling.

Since we’ve established both currencies have their potholes on the road ahead, let’s push the fundamentals aside and discover a potential trading opportunity from a technical perspective which appears to be gaining traction.

GBPAUD – Daily

Starting with the daily chart above, notice the price action is trading considerably below the 200 day moving average line in gold. It indicates an overall bearish trend so long as the prices continue to close below 1.7657.

A Potential 1000 Pip Move?

Well not quite. Based on the latest technical analysis, the formation of a head and shoulders reversal pattern is developing, and should it follow through, we would be looking at a downside target of approximately 965 pips. How was this estimation reached? Let me explain.

Below the chart highlights the developing Head and Shoulders reversal pattern.

Next we draw the neckline in blue.

We then measure the distance between the neckline and the top of the head formation and record this figure. Once the price closes below the neckline closest to the right shoulder, we minus the length of this distance to the levels below creating a price target. In this case, we see a target price of 1.6265 or (1.7230 – 965 = 1.6265).

What I find most interesting with this potential price target (1.6265) is the fact that the 1.62 regions have been known to be a substantial area of support back in September last year when the latest bull run first began to emerge. It’s almost as if the pair is attempting to return full circle should this move come to fruition.

With both domestic economies currently under fire, it will be tough to know which of these currencies will win the battle and come out on top. If Brexit negotiations are as much of a mess as we’re lead to believe in the media, it’s only logical that the Pound will haemorrhage across the board and we could see some severe moves such as this. However, given the level of risk out there in the markets at this stage, we could just as quickly see the Australian Dollar lose its footing and tumble down.


By Adam Taylor CFTe

This article is written by a GO Markets Analyst and is based on their independent analysis. They remain fully responsible for the views expressed as well as any remaining error or omissions. Trading Forex and Derivatives carries a high level of risk.

Sources: Tradingview, Bloomberg

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