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BREXIT – The U.K. Votes On Whether To Leave The European Union

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The Brexit vote (U.K. citizens voting on whether to leave the European Union) is this Thursday, June 23, 2016.

  • I believe the U.K. will vote to remain.
  • We should know results by Friday morning.

If the stay vote wins, British and European stock markets should rally in the near term on positive sentiment, and short covering / the unwinding of trades geared towards exit (a lot of these trades were put on a couple weeks ago). Once this is done, market sentiment may realize that nothing much has changed and Europe remains stuck in an anemic quagmire; in which case markets may regret their exuberance and retreat a bit. We remain in the summer doldrums and European Central Bank (ECB) bond purchases are already baked into a lot of investment forecasts.

If the vote is for exit, expect global stock markets to retreat in a major short term risk off move, the euro and then pound to decline, the yen and U.S. dollar to rally, and U.S. Treasuries to rally. If they exit, I am starting the campaign for the U.K. to become our 51st state; England can then compete with Hawaii as a domestic island destination.

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