If you are market observer or participant, you aren’t going to see too many weeks like the one we just had. After the vote in the UK to leave the European Union caught many off guard, the markets started a wild ride of historic levels. The Pound dropped to 30 year lows, as it plunged almost 12% in one trading session. Other markets had similar moves, and had some continued follow through earlier this week. Wednesday’s trading saw some recovery across the board, and perhaps a bit of stability.
The question last week was would the UK stay or leave the EU. We have an answer, but it comes with many more questions. The exit process itself could take up to two years to complete. What happens to the EU, and the Euro during that time? Will other countries follow the UK out the door? If more leave will there still be a European Union? Someone might be able to predict which of those events might happen, but I don’t think anyone knows what effect they would have on the markets.
I’m looking for continued movement in the British Pound, with pressure to the downside continuing. I think the Pound will make moves up from the recent lows, but they will be short lived. I am looking at a long term downside play, buying the December British Pound 120 put at 50 points ($312.50) or better. This is a sit back and hold em’ trade, trying to take advantage of a weakening Pound against the US Dollar. Risk is limited to the cost of entry plus fees and commissions. Expiration is not until December 9th, giving us time for the market to make its move. My initial ext point is at 150 points. If the Pound rebounds and moves higher, I would try to limit a loss to 30 points.
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