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The ultimate week ahead playbook

We look ahead into the new week, and my week ahead video may give you the platform to prepare - understand implied volatility, key setups and event risk.

That said, we still have the small issue of this Saturday’s Brexit vote and whether it can pass through the Commons. One suspects it won’t, but it could be close, and the pollsters have support for the deal at between 310 to 315 votes, just shy of the 320 required to pass. Obviously, if this does pass then, we will see a decent gap higher on the Monday open and is a risk for those short GBP into the weekend.

With the risks skewed to the vote failing, we are looking at the prospect of a small move lower on the open in GBP – but that feels too obvious. Johnson is mandated to request an extension to the 31 October Brexit deadline, although even this is not straight-forward. But we’d be surprised if the deadline wasn’t extended, where the focus then turns to a twist in political developments and the idea of trading around an impending election.

We also have the affair of Fed vice chair Richard Clarida speaking tonight (02:30 AEDT) and recall he is the last Fed member to speak before the blackout period and the Fed meeting on 30 October. USDJPY is worth watching here because if he doesn’t like the market pricing an 82% chance for a cut, then he’ll let us know and we could see a move higher in USDJPY. One suspects he’ll toe the line and the rates market will be happy with its pricing.

See the implied moves for next week in the weekly vol report. One thing is clear: there is massive divergence is the vol structures between GBP crosses and all other developed FX pairs. Look at the implied vol rank, which looks at the current IV level relative to its 12-month range. Big moves are expected, and that is key for your position sizing.

The ultimate week ahead playbook

One-week risk reversals are also interesting, notably again in GBPUSD. Here, despite spot trading at 1.2849, we see traders paying up for put vol over call vol, and consider that last Thursday this stood at +1.8, with traders paying up for call volatility. This is an interesting shift in sentiment, even if spot hasn’t followed lower.

The ultimate week ahead playbook

The other talking point today was the China data dump, although take a listen to RBA gov Lowe's speech and it is clear we are getting to the lower bounds. The China GDP print will get the headlines though, as it is the lowest annual read since 1992, but the IP print was a big beat, and that is important. Comments today from the Stats Bureau are a big a worry detailing the domestic economy faces complex and 'serious situation', rise in external uncertainties. There hasn’t been too great a reaction in markets though.

The ultimate week ahead playbook

Good luck to all involved in the GBP and the headlines will likely be breaking just before the biggest rugby game for years. The English get up on paper and are rightful favourites, but just like the UK parliamentary vote we never know.

I am off next week on annual leave, so no daily commentary.

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