GBP/USD Forecast: Sterling Continues to Selloff

Christopher Lewis

At this juncture, the market looks very likely to continue being bearish, but you may have to go down to short-term charts for entry signals.

The British pound had a horrible session during the day on Thursday, as the 1.26 level has offered massive resistance. The turnaround after the Federal Reserve meeting is short-lived, to say the least, as we have broken down quite drastically. Ultimately, this is a market that I think will continue to go lower based on the size of this candlestick, and of course, the fact that we are closing towards the very bottom of the range. If we break down below the bottom of the candlestick, then it means that we should see plenty of momentum in this market so that it goes much lower.

Keep in mind that the US dollar continues to be the strongest currency that I follow in general, and I think that the British pound is not going to be able to put up much in the way of a fight against it. The Bank of England is looking to keep quite a bit of the asset on its balance sheet, unlike the Federal Reserve, which is looking to run those balance sheets down. This does favor the US dollar and the monetary tightening policy will continue to be the main driver. At this juncture, I think that a breakdown below the 1.25 level signifies that we are going to go down to the 1.23 handle, perhaps even down to the 1.22 level. With that being said, I would expect a short-term rally, but that rally will almost certainly be sold into.

I have no interest in buying this pair obviously, but if we were to turn around a break above the highs of the last two days, it would be a very bullish sign, perhaps opening up the possibility of a move to the 50 Day EMA. The 50 Day EMA is an indicator that a lot of people pay attention to, especially as it is now crossing below the 1.30 level. At this juncture, the market looks very likely to continue being bearish, but you may have to go down to short-term charts for entry signals. Those signals continue to be an invitation to get US dollars “on the cheap”, which is exactly the environment we have been in for a while. Ultimately, I do not see how this changes anytime soon, especially as the Federal Reserve is going to do a couple of 50 basis point rate hikes in a row.

GBP/USD Chart

Christopher Lewis

Christopher Lewis has been trading Forex for several years. He writes about Forex for many online publications, including his own site, aptly named The Trader Guy.

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