FX:GBPUSD   British Pound / U.S. Dollar
This article compares the price and technical analysis of GBPUSD             in the 10-weeks leading into the two events in order to gain an execution-able advantage going into the UK EU Referendum taking place on the 23rd June 2016.

Price Action and Trends

Scottish UK REF - 10 weeks = 14.July.14 to 18.Sep.14

- The first 8 of the 10 weeks GU traded extremely bid, selling off 1000pips from 1.7000 to 1.6000. GU failed to make any significant recoveries during this period - signifying an extremely strong down-trend.

- at the end of the down trend and coming into the REF, GU recovered 40% from 1.6000 on the 9th             Sep, to 1.64000 on the 18th Sep (event vol highs at 1.6580). The sell off the proceeded to continue after the event, selling off back to 1.5900 by week 12/13.

- Price action remained significantly below the 50 & 20 VWMA throughout the 10-week period and after the event - confirming the strong down-trend.

UK EU REF - 10 weeks = 18.April.16 to 23.June.15

- Since the bottom formed on 29th Feb at 1.3850, GU has been trading in an up trend, forming marginally higher highs and higher lows. However, the uptrend has turned into sideways action in the last 3-4 weeks as GU has failed to make new highs of any significance and is failing to make higher lows - and the high-low range is tightening.

in the last 10 weeks GU has risen 330 pips from 1.4270 to 1.4500 close-close and has had a range of 600 pips - 1.4170 to 1.4770. In the last 5 Weeks however GU traded flat closed to close at 1.4500, with a range of 400pips 1.4340 to 1.4730 illustrating the tightening range, sideways movement and end to the trend - the market is sleeping and is waiting for a stimulus to break in a direction.

- At the start of the 10 week period, Price bullishly crossed the 50 & 20 VWMA and has stayed above since, confirming an up trend. The 20 period, however, has been trading choppy, illustrating the low trend/ direction and the significant pull-backs.


1. The Scot REF priced GU over 1000 pips lower in the 10 week period, in a decisive downward move - however, this UK EU event has failed to do anything similar and has actually done the opposite by rising in the last 10 weeks, currently trading up 300 pips.

- Why? imo             there is only 2 reasons why there has been such a big difference in the price action.

1. The reason GU isnt pricing downward is because GU already priced/ factored in Brexit uncertainty into the downside we saw between december 18th.15 to March 2nd.16, which took us from 1.5300 to 1.3800 which is a whopping 1500+pips lower - this was likely FOMC hike driven but given the extent of the move, it is highly likely that brexit was included in the price lower - hence why we are not seeing a move now - the UK REF is already in the price.

2. The less likely reason is that GU isnt pricing the move because 1). the market has been scared stiff by the uncertainty, and people simple arent willing to take risk either way thus explaining why price is trading flat/sideways. or 2) GU is planning on making a significant run to the downside in the next two weeks where it could shed 1000 pips if it falls back to 1.3800; or even 700 pips if it moves to 1.4000 which isnt that far off of the 1000pip Scot Ref move.

The technical indicators are just mirror a function of price thus I will not read into the technicals much - obviously the Scot Ref indicators spent much of the time depressed since the price was falling rapidly, whilst the UK EU Ref has been mixed - since the price is trading sideways.

*Look out for my upcoming article where i will discus what the above differences mean and what they imply price action will do in the next two weeks going into the UK EU Ref and FOMC.
Comment: Please see the second/ following post regarding this article called: PRICE ACTION ANALYSIS - GBPUSD: SCOTTISH UK V UK EU REFERENDUM 2 -
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