Brexit

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Follow our Brexit timeline and make sure you understand how upcoming events could move the markets

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Cap your maximum risk by placing guaranteed stops on your positions

Consider hedging your share portfolio or GBP exposure

Be ready to go long or short whenever opportunities arise, even at the weekend

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Why trade Brexit with IG?

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How can you profit from Brexit?

You can profit from Brexit by trading financial markets such as shares, forex pairs and indices. Many of these assets are highly sensitive to the outcome of negotiations, with the FTSE 100, UK stocks, GBP/USD and gold all particularly likely to experience significant moves.

CFDs enable you to profit from markets that are falling as well as rising, giving you plenty of opportunity to capitalise on volatility without ever having to take ownership of the underlying asset.

Read on to discover more tips on how to trade Brexit.

How will Brexit affect GBP?

How Brexit will affect GBP depends on the state of negotiations up to and including the new departure deadline of 31 January 2020. More pressing for the pound, is the upcoming UK general election which is set for 12 December. Brexit will no doubt be a talking point, and sterling will likely react to any opinion poll predictions about the outcome.

Regardless of which party wins, we’re sure to see increased volatility in the pound leading up to and after the election. For example, if the winning party’s manifesto champions a no-deal Brexit, sterling will probably weaken against the dollar and the euro. However, if the winning party is committed to securing a deal, or even wants to revoke article 50, sterling will be expected to strengthen. With that in mind, here are our analysts’ predictions for GBP/USD in the event of the three main Brexit outcomes:

Date(s) No-deal Brexit EU and parliament approve deal No Brexit
GBP/USD 1.10 1.35 1.40

The pound is likely to move between these levels as the probability of each outcome changes. For that reason, it is recommended that traders keep an eye on the key Brexit events outlined in our timeline below. IG is the only provider to weekend trading on this key pair, meaning you can be ready to act whenever Brexit-related news breaks.

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Brexit timeline

Date(s) Event
1 November New EU leaders take charge
1 - 30 November Potential special summit of the EU27 between these dates
7 November Bank of England rate decision
12 December UK general election
31 January UK to leave the EU at 11pm (UK time) unless extension granted

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You can hedge your Brexit risk by opening positions that will turn a profit if the assets you own start to lose money. With IG, you can hedge against:

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Sterling volatility

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Markets to watch during Brexit

The table below shows live prices for some of the markets which have been, and which could be, most affected by Brexit. Read on to find out more about each of these.

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Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

How will Brexit affect the FTSE 100, UK shares and gold?

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  • Gold

How will Brexit affect the UK stock market?

The impact of Brexit on the UK stock market largely depends on whether Britain leaves with or without a deal. A deal is intended to limit the economic impacts of leaving the EU, as a no-deal departure is widely feared to send economic shockwaves through the British and European economies.

Whatever the outcome, volatility will very likely remain for some time. Both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have continued to experience increased price movement since the 2016 referendum, due to widespread sell-offs and uncertainty on global equity markets. IG is the only CFD provider to offer weekend trading on the FTSE 100, which means you never have to miss an opportunity to profit.

Whether there is a hard or soft Brexit depends on the resolve of Boris Johnson versus the position of the EU, and any attempts by the UK parliament to block a no-deal departure. What is almost certain is that the no-deal scenario will cause even more market uncertainty than the last few years of negotiations.

However, market uncertainty is not necessarily something to be feared. Through CFDs , you can speculate on asset prices rising as well as falling – meaning that you could profit from a hard or soft Brexit outcome.

What share opportunities will Brexit bring?

The continued volatility surrounding Brexit provides plenty of opportunities for traders looking to go long or short. Here, we focus on some shares which might be good buying options for traders to consider, because they demonstrate the fundamentals required to weather the storm of the UK’s European departure.

Best shares to watch in a hard Brexit

A hard Brexit could increase the volatility of UK stocks, because of the uncertainty that it would cause to the British economy. The three companies we have chosen here have significant investments outside the UK, so they could show resilience and experience some growth in the event of a hard Brexit.

  1. Ferguson (FERG) - has considerable operations in the US as well as Canada, where it is known as Ferguson Enterprises and Wolseley respectively
  2. British American Tobacco (BATS) – has diverse secondary stock listings, aside from its primary listing on the London Stock Exchange
  3. British Petroleum (BP) – has operations in almost 80 countries around the world, which means that its revenue streams are not completely reliant on relations between the UK and EU

Best shares to watch in a soft Brexit

The list below includes some shares which could increase in value in a soft Brexit, because they are domestic UK shares with operations almost exclusively within the UK.

These shares have the most to gain from a soft Brexit, because leaving with a deal would cause the least damage to their interests. Some popular shares to watch in a soft Brexit might be:

  1. Persimmon (PSN) – one of the UK’s largest new home builders, with considerable operations across the UK
  2. Travis Perkins (TPK) – the UK’s largest builders’ merchants, supplying over 23,000 trade products and already a go-to for many UK building companies
  3. Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) – has primary operations in England and Wales, so stands to gain from a smooth transition

Despite these shares being highlighted as ones to watch in a soft Brexit, you might also find that they rally on the news of a hard Brexit. This is because of the potential for new trade deals that will need to be done down the line.

Either way, these shares are very likely to experience some volatility in the aftermath of a final Brexit decision, so it’s worth watching their charts closely for opportunities to go long or short.

How will Brexit affect gold?

As ever in times of uncertainty, investors look to commodities such as gold to provide a haven. After experiencing a spike following the initial referendum in June 2016, gold’s price has largely settled over the last couple of years. That is not to say that it couldn’t spike again, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the next steps for the UK’s departure.

FAQs

Can you make money from Brexit?

Yes, you can make money from the volatility in financial markets caused by Brexit uncertainty. For example, you might decide to go long on key UK stocks and indices if you think they’ll rise ahead of a possible soft Brexit scenario, or you might decide to go short if you think they’ll fall as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

How can I stay up to date with Brexit's impact on the financial markets?

You can stay up to date with Brexit’s impact on the financial markets through our comprehensive collection of Brexit news, alerts and trade ideas. We also offer live market updates and opinions, an in-platform newsfeed, as well as subscription-based newsletters for the coming week’s trading insights.

Find out more about IG’s news offering

What are the possible Brexit options?

There are a handful of possible Brexit options left on the table, with a great deal of uncertainty still surrounding the UK’s future relationship with the EU. These range from a no-deal Brexit to the possibility of a further extension to the departure date.

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