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FT Misinterprets Sterling Market Action on BrExit Fears, EU Referendum Propaganda?

ElectionOracle / EU_Referendum Mar 24, 2016 - 04:13 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

ElectionOracle

A recent article in the FT's EU Referendum fear campaign is concerned with the rise in the cost of insuring against a fall in sterling as a consequences of the increasing risks of BrExit that it attributes to the Brussels terror attacks. The story is a continuation of operation Fear that began with Boris Johnson's declaring to join the LEAVE / BrExit campaign.


FT - Brexit fears add to pressure on pound

Cost of insuring against falling sterling climbs sharply

However, there are two flaws in the FT's article which is indicative of its output at least that which surrounds the EU Referendum being more propaganda than that which is based on probability.

Firstly, that the rise in the cost of insuring against a fall in sterling i.e. option prices could just as well be as a consequence of the risks of Britain voting to REMAIN within the European Union, as the Brussels Terror Attacks further illustrate to market participants that the European Union is on an unsustainable trend trajectory which impacts on both the Euro and Sterling.

Secondly, as I pointed out at the time of Boris Johnson's decision to join the LEAVE camp that a fall in sterling is actually what governments and their central bankers are attempting to engineer by means of the currency wars of competitive devaluations as I explained in the following video -

Therefore, a weakening currency is a signature of a central bank that is winning the currency war, all without adopting the extreme measures of negative interest rates that the likes of the ECB and Bank of Japan have recently announced. Of course in our EU referendum topsy turvy world that's not how the establishment press is currently presenting the story, instead everything is being given an anti-Brexit spin despite the exact opposite being more probable.

And where sterling is concerned, well the graphs illustrates that sterling against the dollar and Euro is little changed since the day the EU referendum was announced, so all of the news stories since of a plunging currency on the risks of Brexit are in reality pure propaganda that do not reflect reality.

The bottom line is that probability actually favours sterling being substantially higher a year from now then lower (at least 10%), regardless of the outcome of the EU Referendum.

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Nadeem Walayat has over 25 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis focuses on UK inflation, economy, interest rates and housing market. He is the author of five ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series that can be downloaded for Free.

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Comments

mydan
25 Mar 16, 02:10
Dollar

I am curious about your dollar forecast as it is directly related to the pound movements.


Nadeem_Walayat
25 Mar 16, 15:53
Sterling

Hi

It's not a forecast, it's an opinion i.e. not based on in-depth analysis. I will do the forecast soon for USD.

Best

NW


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