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Nicholas Vardy is editor of The Global Guru, a weekly free e-letter; the monthly Alpha Investor Letter; and two weekly trading services, Bull Market Alert and Alpha Algorithm for Washington DC-based Eagle Financial Publications. He has been a columnist for and currently writes for... More
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  • Going long the British Pound (FXB) 0 comments
    Jul 30, 2010 7:50 AM | about stocks: FXB

    Newly minted Prime Minister David Cameron’s new coalition government has made a big splash in the U.K. Announcements of massive cuts in government spending have taken even hard-nosed skeptics like hedge fund manager and London Junto guest Hugh Hendry by surprise. Turns out that the market appreciates fiscal austerity measures a lot more than Britain overpaid  schoolteachers – like the one who took home 283K GBP ($450K) last year. Pretty much since the day the Cameron government took office, the British pound sterling (NYSEARCA:FXB) has headed in one direction- and that’s straight up. Now, granted, this happened to coincide with a relief rally experienced by the Euro. And  economic  growth in the U.K. economy has been better than expected. But it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that free markets appreciate Hayekian fiscal austerity a lot more than Keynesian stimulus. With the British pound sterling penetrating its long-term 200 day moving average in the past few days, trend following currency traders are already surely on the train.

    .Chart forCurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Tr (<a href='' title='CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust ETF'>FXB</a>)

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    Stocks: FXB
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