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BUZZ-COMMENT-Brexit optimists might consider low-risk GBP options

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Hopes for European Union/UK trade deal have been apparent in GBP derivative markets for weeks, and FX options remain a decent alternative to cash for those who want to benefit from a GBP rise with limited risk.

Oct 28 (Reuters) - Hopes for European Union/UK trade deal have been apparent in GBP derivative markets for weeks , and FX options remain a decent alternative to cash for those who want to benefit from a GBP rise with limited risk.

Long GBP/USD cash retains the risk of no deal, interim volatility and stops, even those well below the current spot, especially over the U.S election . But simple GBP call options give owners the right to buy GBP/USD at a predetermined level (strike) and expiry, only risking an up-front premium.

GBP/USD would also benefit from a Democrat sweep in the U.S election, which should pressure the USD, as U.S fiscal hopes buoy risk sentiment.

Consider two-month (Dec. 29) 1.3500 GBP calls for a 60-USD-pips premium. Its value would increase if GBP/USD was nearer the strike with time still left before expiry, even if not above.

Or a two-month 1.3500 GBP call digital would return 4:1 if GBP/USD was above 1.3500 on Dec. 29.

Options strikes and expiries can be tailored to suit.

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(Richard Pace is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own)

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