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Indicative GBP/USD prices:

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GBP/USD Comparison

A price comparison table covering GBP/USD and other popular forex markets:

EUR / USD Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 2 0.8 1 1 1
EUR / USD Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 0.50 0.5 1 1 1 1
GBP / USD Daily - Spread Size 2 2 2 3 0.8 2 2 2
GBP / USD Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 0.50 0.5 1 1 1 1
EUR / GBP Daily - Spread Size 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
EUR / GBP Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 0.50 0.5 1 1 1 1
USD / JPY Daily - Spread Size 0.8 2 1 2 0.8 0.8 0.8 2
USD / JPY Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 0.50 0.5 1 1 1 1
Comparison Notes.

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GBP/USD Market Analysis and Trading News

Date Trading Update
29-Jan-15 [10:24am] A week on from the 100 snowdrop bulb, someone has paid 27,000 for an eight-centimetre-high plastic model of Boba Fett, described by Darth Vader as 'the best bounty hunter in the galaxy'.

If it was a foreign buyer it might partly explain the pound's relative strength yesterday.

In an act of random kindness, investors shepherded sterling towards the front of the field.

It strengthened by three quarters of a cent against the euro and the Swiss franc and by considerably more than that against the commodity-oriented dollars.

The pound was roughly steady against the South African rand and the US dollar.

For the second time this week, the Japanese yen was the day's top performer, helped by its geographic, economic and political distance from Greece.

There were precious few economic data on Wednesday's agenda and none at all to explain the pound's success.

The Bank of England Governor could conceivably have helped its case with a speech he made yesterday evening.

In it he recited a litany of reasons why Britain's economic position is superior to that of Eurozone, describing the character of the zone's leadership as one of 'timidity'.

Update by Moneycorp
29-Jan-15 [8:05am]

GBP/USD Daily Update

  • GBP/USD is currently trading at $1.51346.
  • In the last session, the market closed -$0.00485 (-0.32%) lower at $1.51387.
30 Minute Chart Analysis

Falling Forex Pair The market is lower than the 20-period MA of $1.51419 and lower than the 50-period MA of $1.51621.

1 Day Chart Analysis

Neutral Forex Pair The forex pair is higher than the 20-DMA of $1.51231 and lower than the 50-DMA of $1.53922.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Jan-15 [6:33am] GBP/USD Technical Analysis:

While we remain below $1.5280, we could well see a slide back towards $1.5080, but as long we stay above the $1.5000 level we could well see a move towards $1.5400.

For a move towards $1.4810 to unfold we would need to see a close below the $1.5000 level.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
29-Jan-15 [4:22am] GBP/USD closed lower on Wednesday. The low-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-lower opening when Thursday's session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral-to-bearish signalling that sideways-to-lower prices are possible near-term. If it extends the decline off July's high, the 62% retracement level of the 2013-2014 rally crossing is the next downside target. Closes above the reaction high crossing would confirm that a low has been posted.

Update by PipTrade
27-Jan-15 [3:58pm] It was a tale of dollar weakness this afternoon for GBP/USD and EUR/USD.

A Greek election was supposed to cause market ructions but as usual it was an entirely unforeseen development, namely a slump in US economic performance, that has created greater excitement.

It has been almost two months since the euro saw back-to-back daily gains against the dollar, while sterling was able to puncture the $1.52 level again despite a GDP reading for the UK that was of rather mixed quality.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
27-Jan-15 [3:48pm] The disappointing durable goods data sent the US dollar lower across the board on Tuesday.

The oversold position of GBP/USD meant the disappointing UK GDP data didn't hold the sway it otherwise could have and ended up being a buy the fact situation.

The big miss of US durable goods added to the rally in sterling.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
27-Jan-15 [10:51am] With Britain's general election 100 days off, political risk is not yet a big deal for sterling.

That will change if, as has been suggested, the tripartite pre-election debates are turned into 11-person pre-election brawls.

For now, however, investors still agree with Nick, so sterling was Monday's top performer.

The financial media seem not to have noticed: both Reuters and Bloomberg were talking this morning of the stronger US dollar.

It is indeed higher in the longer run, up by four and a half cents since the beginning of the month and by 14 cents from its position a year ago.

But credit where credit's due; sterling is a cent higher on the day against the US dollar and it is firmer by an average of 0.8% against the other dozen most actively-traded currencies.

Euro/Swiss Franc Moves Back Above Parity as Euro Bounces

The euro started off reasonably well on Monday, adding three quarters of a cent during the London session as it corrected some of the previous two days' decline.

But although it managed to cement a half-cent gain against the US dollar it lost a quarter of a cent on the day to sterling.

As the euro corrected its fall, the Swiss franc was handing back some of its gains.

EUR/CHF climbed above parity and the pound added more than four cents, making the franc Monday's weakest performer.

The only ecostats to guide investors were the IFO figures for German business confidence.

They were not bad, with all three measures higher on the month.

But that was about it.

The Dallas Fed's manufacturing index fell eight points to -4.4, its first negative reading in a year and a half.

Fortunately for the dollar, nobody pays much attention to the manufacturing performance of a region better known for its oil and cows.

Overnight the only data were NAB's business confidence figures for Australia.

They were close enough to zero to make no difference to the Australian dollar, which managed to get through the day with only a tiny loss to first-placed sterling.

Sterling Rises in Anticipation of UK GDP

The figures for fourth quarter UK gross domestic product come out at half past nine.

Analysts reckon the UK economy will have expanded by 0.6% in Q4, taking growth for calendar 2014 to 2.8%.

Anticipation of that number will have been of help to sterling yesterday.

Well, it must have been; there was nothing else for investors to go on.

Anything below 0.6% this morning would therefore be a threat to the pound.

The other big-ticket figures on today's agenda are from the United States; consumer confidence, house prices and the fickle durable goods orders.

Having been sworn in yesterday, Alexis Tsipras will be finding his feet as Greek Prime Minister.

There has been no official word from Athens yet about any demands or claims his new government will make of its creditors.

But there are sure to be some, if Mr Tsipras is not to show himself up as an egregious bluffer.

Update by Moneycorp

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Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for GBP/USD?

Please see above for indicative GBP/USD spread betting prices for the daily market.

The real-time CFD trading chart and prices below will also give you a handy view of the GBP/USD market.

The Plus500 chart that we use above is normally based on the underlying GBP/USD futures contract (not the spot market).

Should you want to look at live spread betting prices and charts for GBP/USD, you will probably need a financial spread betting account.

A spreads account will also give you access to the shorter-term daily prices. Please note that opening an account is subject to status.

If your application is accepted then, once logged in, you will be able to look at the up-to-the-minute trading prices and charts. These are usually provided as part of the service. The catch? You'll probably receive the odd boring sales call and/or dull email from your spread betting provider.

Of course, if you decide to trade then, before starting, you should be aware that contracts for difference and financial spread trading do carry a significant level of risk to your capital and losses can exceed your initial deposit.

Professional Charting Packages for GBP/USD

Whilst the charts can differ from platform to platform, to aid your GBP/USD analysis, they generally come with handy tools such as:
  • A large range of time intervals - 1 minute, 15 minutes, 2 hours and so on
  • Different display options - candlestick, bar and line charts
  • Drawing tools - trendlines, Fibonacci arcs, fans and time zones
  • Technical indicators - Exponential Moving Average, Relative Strength Index (RSI), Standard Deviation and so on
The FinancialSpreads charts also come with more advanced aspects:
  • BackTesting functions
  • Automatic alerts for when a market reaches a certain price

Sample forex chart from Financial Spreads

GBP/USD Trading Guide - Example Chart

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Where Can I Spread Bet on GBP/USD for Free?

By its very nature, forex trading is risky. Nevertheless, if you want to try an entirely free Demo Account, where you can practice your financial spread betting and look at charts, then see below for further details.

Also, don't forget that in the UK, spread betting is tax free*, i.e. there is no stamp duty, income tax or capital gains tax.

If you're trying to find a free forex platform, keep in mind that investors can spread bet on GBP/USD with no brokers' fees and no commissions on platforms like:

Free Demo Account

If you're looking for a free Demo Account that lets users practice financial spread betting, and speculating on markets like the FTSE 100, USD/JPY, crude oil and GBP/USD, then take a look at: The above firms currently provide a free Practice Account that investors can use to test trading ideas, apply a range of trading orders and review professional level charts.

How to Spread Bet on GBP/USD

How to Spread Bet on GBP/USD?

As with a wide range of markets, an investor can speculate on foreign exchange pairs, like GBP/USD, to rise or fall.

If you look at Financial Spreads, you can see they are currently valuing the GBP/USD Rolling Daily market at $1.60680 - $1.60700. This means that you can put a spread bet on the GBP/USD:

  GBP/USD Trading Example Going above $1.60700, or
  GBP/USD Spread Trading Example Going below $1.60680

When spread trading on GBP/USD you trade in x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. Therefore, should you decide to risk 4 per point and GBP/USD moves 34.0 points then that would be a difference to your P&L of 136. 4 per point x $0.00340 = 4 per point x 34.0 points = 136.

Rolling Daily Foreign Exchange Markets

You should note that this is a Rolling Daily Market which means that unlike a futures market, there is no closing date. If your trade is open at the end of the day, it will roll over to the next trading day.

If a forex spread bet is rolled over then you are normally charged a small financing fee. For a more detailed guide to Rolling Daily Markets, including look at charges and a fully worked example, please read our feature Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

GBP/USD Trading Example 1

So, if we consider the above spread of $1.60680 - $1.60700 and make the assumptions:
  • You have completed your market research, and
  • You feel that the GBP/USD market will push higher than $1.60700
Then you might choose to buy at $1.60700 for a stake of 3 per point.

This means that you win 3 for every point ($0.00010) that the GBP/USD FX rate increases above $1.60700. Of course, you will lose 3 for every point that the GBP/USD market decreases lower than $1.60700.

Put another way, should you Buy a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are found by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few sessions the rate started to increase then you might think about closing your trade in order to lock in your profit. So if the market rose then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to $1.61222 - $1.61242. You would settle your position by selling at $1.61222. As a result, with the same 3 stake your profit would come to:

P&L = (Final Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($1.61222 - $1.60700) x 3 per point stake
P&L = $0.00522 x 3 per point stake
P&L = 52.2 points x 3 per point stake
P&L = 156.60 profit

Foreign exchange trading, by spread betting or otherwise, is not easy. In the above example, you had bet that the forex pair would rise. Naturally, the rate can also decrease.

If the GBP/USD rate had started to fall then you might choose to close your spread bet to limit your losses.

Should the market pull back to $1.60242 - $1.60262 then you would close your position by selling at $1.60242. As a result, your loss would be:

P&L = (Final Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = ($1.60242 - $1.60700) x 3 per point stake
P&L = -$0.00458 x 3 per point stake
P&L = -45.8 points x 3 per point stake
P&L = -137.40 loss

Note - GBP/USD Rolling Daily forex market quoted as of 11-Sep-12.

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How to Spread Bet on Sterling-Dollar

How to Spread Bet on Sterling-Dollar - Example 2

Looking at a platform like Financial Spreads, we can see they are currently offering the Sterling-Dollar Rolling Daily market at $1.62545 - $1.62565. Therefore, an investor could put a spread bet on the Sterling-Dollar currency rate:

  Sterling-Dollar Trading Example Moving higher than $1.62565, or
  Sterling-Dollar Spread Trading Example Moving lower than $1.62545

When spread betting on Sterling-Dollar you trade in x per point where a point is $0.00010 of the pairs movement. Therefore, if your stake was 6 per point and Sterling-Dollar moves 21.0 points then that would be a difference to your profit/loss of 126. 6 per point x $0.00210 = 6 per point x 21.0 points = 126.

If we take the above spread of $1.62545 - $1.62565 and assume:
  • You have analysed the markets, and
  • You feel that the Sterling-Dollar rate will move higher than $1.62565
Then you may decide to buy at $1.62565 and trade, for the sake of argument, 4 per point.

With this trade you make a profit of 4 for every point ($0.00010) that the Sterling-Dollar rate rises above $1.62565. However, it also means that you will lose 4 for every point that the Sterling-Dollar market drops below $1.62565.

Looked at another way, should you buy a spread bet then your P&L is found by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few hours the currency rate rose then you might consider closing your position in order to secure your profit.

If the underlying market moved up then the spread might change to $1.62947 - $1.62967. You would close your trade by selling at $1.62947. So, with the same 4 stake your profit would be calculated as:

P&L = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = ($1.62947 - $1.62565) x 4 per point stake
P&L = $0.00382 x 4 per point stake
P&L = 38.2 points x 4 per point stake
P&L = 152.80 profit

The Pound Sterling - US Dollar market is volatile and trading it is never easy. In this example, you wanted the currency pair to rise. Of course, the FX rate might decrease.

If the Pound Sterling - US Dollar market dropped then you might decide to close your trade to cap your losses.

So if the market fell to $1.62227 - $1.62247 you would close your position by selling at $1.62227. This would result in a loss of:

P&L = (Closing Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = ($1.62227 - $1.62565) x 4 per point stake
P&L = -$0.00338 x 4 per point stake
P&L = -33.8 points x 4 per point stake
P&L = -135.20 loss

Note - Sterling-Dollar Rolling Daily forex market accurate as of 18-Sep-12.

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Sterling Commitments of Traders Report - 20 Jan 2015 (i)

Futures Only Positions, CME , Code 96742, (Contracts of £62,500) (i)

Reporting Firms (i) Non-Reportable Positions (i)
Non-Commercial (i)
Commercial (i) Total Reportable (i)
Commitments (i) Open (i) Interest Commitments
Long (i) Short (i) Spreads (i) Long Short Long Short Long Short
35,319 81,027 2,718 128,779 62,499 166,816 146,244 182,860 16,044 36,616
Changes from 13 Jan 2015 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
-6,601 1,967 175 10,544 2,091 4,118 4,233 4,297 179 64
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
19.3% 44.3% 1.5% 70.4% 34.2% 91.2% 80.0%   8.8% 20.0%
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
28 28 7 25 30 53 65 97    
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1:2.3   2.1:1 1.1:1   1:2.3
Net Commitment Change (i)  

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Applying Technical Analysis to GBP/USD

Below, an older but still useful case study on the sterling/dollar market by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 12-Dec-2011.

The chart below shows the medium term GBP/USD market (daily chart).

Here we can see that for the six months between 1 March 2011 and 1 September 2011 the price moved in a wide band before ending up back where it started at the beginning of March, between $1.62 and $1.63.

From the start of September we saw a fairly sharp decline; on 22 September the exchange rate briefly touched a low of $1.53264. Since then, however, we have seen it recover to $1.61649 on 31st October.

What is significant is that this high was lower than the previous high of $1.67450, which we saw on 28 April 2011. Since then we have, in fact, seen the lows getting progressively lower, an indication that we might be entering a medium term bear market.

This is in line with fundamental expectations on the economic front, with the expectation of another recession in the United Kingdom looming and continuing the turmoil in the Eurozone, both of which are bound to have an effect on Sterling.

Gold Daily Candlestick Chart

If we turn to the short term four-hourly gold chart below, we notice that after dropping to $1.54314 on 25 November, the price recovered somewhat and then started moving sideways.

Right now the technical analysis suggests that the forex pair is trading inside the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo cloud. This is the area where traders are recommended to stay on the sideline, waiting for a clear trading signal.

The green Chinkou Span line is just about equal to the price 26 period ago, which confirms that we have entered a non-trending phase. This is further confirmed by the fact that the blue Kijun Sen has turned flat.

A cautious trader would wait for the price to emerge from the cloud, in either an upward or downward direction, before entering a trade.

Given the current conditions on the forex markets, waiting for a confirmation signal, such as a new high or low might also be wise.

Gold Four-Hourly Candlestick Chart

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'GBP/USD Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 29-Jan-15

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