December 19, 2019 / 9:38 AM / 4 months ago

UBS Wealth positive on pound, sees it potentially at $1.45 by end-2020

(Reuters) - UBS Wealth Management said on Thursday it remained positive on the British pound and advises adding exposure to sterling as it weakens towards $1.30 to benefit from the possibility of a rally to $1.45 by end-2020.

“Fading dollar demand and a clear path toward a benign free trade agreement with the EU could see sterling rallying to $1.45 by end-2020,” Chief Investment Officer Mark Haefele told clients in a note.

Sterling GBP=D3 touched highs above $1.35 after the ruling Conservatives won a clear majority in Dec. 12 elections, but has since fallen back to around $1.31 on fears that Britain could still crash out of the European Union without a trade deal at the end of a transition period in Dec. 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has ruled out an extension to the deadline.

Reporting by Sujata Rao; editing by Dhara Ranasinghe

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