UK growth outlook has been hit by mounting Brexit risks and policy uncertainties.
A BoE rate cut appears imminent as policymakers look for a weaker currency to help support the economy. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England (BoE), fuelled fears further when he pointed out the possible risks following the presentation of the BoE’s semi-annual Financial Stability Report - amongst these the current account deficit.
The weaker growth and lower rate outlook is compounded by a very large current account deficit.
Sterling is expected to weaken further, bottoming in the low 1.20s in early 2017, as the Fed readies to hike.
Supports in GBP/USD are broken, one after another, which is symptomatic of downside momentum ramping up. Indeed, after breaking below the 35-year of 1.3850/1.35 and therefore confirming a massive Head and Shoulder pattern, GBP/USD just breached 1.30, the 76.4% retracement of the uptrend which took place from 1985 low to 2007 high.
Short-term resistances are placed at 1.3040/1.3080, the 2-year down sloping channel lower limit (blue dash line) now broken, and 1.3230/50, the recent lows and the level of the last fall. Projections for the on-going down move define supports at 1.2675, 1.2570 and 1.2450.