UK Prelim GDP q/q | January 26, 2018 | Currency Trading

Event Details At-A-Glance:

UK Prelim GDP q/q is a first GDP release for the Q4 of 2017 period, and since it is the first release for the quarter it is also the most likely to surprise the market, thus adding more volatility if we were to get a surprise.   I’d wait for the release before taking any position on the GBP as this is a major one for the currency.


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Considering recent hawkishness in the economy and the start of interest rate tightening cycle by the BOE, a stronger than expected release should spark another sentiment shift into more demand for GBP, therefore we could see a persistent and lasting support for currency.

4:30am (NY Time) UK Revised GDP q/q Forecast 0.4% Previous 0.4%
DEVIATION: 0.3% (BUY GBP 0.7% / SELL GBP 0.1%)

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The Trade Plan 
Since this is the first release of the 4th quarter GDP for 2017 (Q4 2017), we’re likely to get plenty of reaction if we get a surprise today, as first releases have the most potential of surprises. Considering the UK has already triggered ‘Brexit’ with negotiations on the way, any surprise in this release could have a compounding impact for the medium term.

We´ll still be looking to trade the release using ours after news retracement method. Our surprise factor is around 0.3% as we´ll look to possibly SELL GBP at 0.1% or worse, and BUY GBP at 0.7% or better.

Historically, if there is an 80% of chance that our S. Factor hits, the market will move up to 50~70 pips within the hour as GDP is a very high impact report.

For more information on my news trading methods:

I’d recommend using the Recommended Pairs from above as they are based on my CSM, which should provide the best combination of currency pairs to trade based on better/worse news… of course, you can also trade the default pair: GBPUSD.




Outlook Score
Outlook score is derived from market sentiment, focus, and economic indicators for the currency. It represents the long-term trend of the currency and its market perception. In short, a strong Outlook Score means more long-term demand for the currency, and a weak Outlook Score is an opposite.

UK Revised GDP q/q, is defined as “the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time. It is also considered the sum of value added at every stage of production of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time.” GDP is the basically direct measurement of the economy, and a stronger GDP means that the central bank will more likely raise interest rate as better economy usually brings higher inflationary pressure…


Currency Pair Stats
2H-50+ = % of 50+ pips move in 2hrs. | 2H-50 = % of 50+ pips move in 2hrs. for the last 2 years | Range = average range in 2 hrs. | Direction = % match following news direction | PN30 / PN60 / PN90 = average pips move before news release in 30, 60, or 90 mins. period | Spike = initial average spike
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