Swiss National Bank

Swiss National Bank Keeps Policy the Same but Lowers Projected CPI Inflation Path

March 21, 2019

At the latest quarterly review of Swiss monetary policy, SNB officials kept policy unchanged. Since January 2015, when the automatic cap on Swiss franc was lifted and the interest rate target was cut by 50 basis points, the 3-month Libor rate target band has been an all-negative range of minus 1.25% to minus 0.25%, the […] More

Theme of the Day: Slowing Global Growth

March 21, 2019

Since the Federal Reserve’s policy decision and press conference yesterday, there’s been a parade of other central bank policy meetings. Although only Norway changed its policy rate — a hike no less — the running theme in the many central bank statements is that the slowdown in global demand late last year is continuing and […] More

Many Central Bank Meetings and a Stunning Deceleration of U.S. Import Price Inflation

December 13, 2018

The dollar shows no net overnight change against the Swiss franc, Chinese yuan, New Zealand dollar, or Canadian dollar. The greenback rose 0.8% versus the Mexican peso, 0.4% relative to the yen, and 0.1% versus the euro while dipping 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar and sterling. Asian equities rallied, but share prices in Europe and […] More

Softer Dollar

September 20, 2018

The dollar fell overnight by 0.8% against the kiwi, 0.6% relative to sterling, 0.4% vis-a-vis the euro and 0.2% versus the currencies of America’s NAFTA partners. The yen and yuan are unchanged. China partly matched Trump’s latest round of tariff hikes. While the 10-year German bund and British gilt yields settled back a basis point […] More

Swiss National Bank Keeps Negative 0.75% Interest Rate

March 15, 2018

In mid-January 2015, the Swiss National Bank discontinued its intervention-enforced minimum exchange rate target of 1.2000 per euro but at the same time lowered the sight deposit target by a half percentage point to -0.75% and the 3-month Swiss Libor target range to -1.25% to -0.25% (from -0.75% to +0.25%). Equally important, monetary officials promised […] More

Swiss National Bank

December 14, 2017

Swiss monetary policy gets reviewed quarterly, which is less frequent than the practice at many other central banks. The current interest rate settings of a negative 0.75% sight deposit rate within a 3-month Libor corridor of minus 1.25% to minus 0.25% dates back to January 2015 when SNB authorities ended an automatic asymmetric Swiss franc […] More

Swiss National Bank

September 14, 2017

After the September quarterly review of monetary policy, Swiss central bank authorities did not change their policy stance, slightly boosted projected inflation, cut the 2017 growth forecast to under 1% from 1.5%, and reiterated a commitment to a sub-zero interest rate and occasional foreign exchange intervention as needed to keep upward pressure on the franc […] More

Swiss National Bank Quarterly Policy Review

March 16, 2017

The current Swiss monetary policy stance dates back to January 2015 when a number changes were introduced. A previous cap on franc appreciation at 1.2000 per euro was abandoned, but a continuing role for discretionary, rather than automatic, forex intervention was retained to counter excessive appreciation as needed. By some objective criteria like purchasing power […] More

Swiss National Bank

December 15, 2016

The Swiss National Bank reported result of its quarterly policy review today, which ended without a change in the interest rate of -0.75% on overnight sight deposits or the pledge to intervene as needed to counter what central bank officials to be a still significantly overvalued franc. Since January 2015, intervention has been done on […] More

Broad Financial Market Adjustments Intensify in Wake of FOMC Meeting

December 15, 2016

The dollar gained overnight by another 2.0% against the Australian dollar, 1.5% versus the euro, 1.6% vis-a-vis the kiwi, 1.2% relative to the yen, 0.9% against sterling, and 0.6% versus the yuan. Key levels are being approached such as parity with the euro, 120 yen, and 7 renminbi. Throughout the 8-year Obama stewardship, Republicans fought […] More

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