Swiss National Bank

Bigger Than Forecast Swiss Central Bank Interest Rate Hike

September 22, 2022

In raising Switzerland’s policy interest rate by a record 75 basis points to 0.50%, Swiss National Bank officials ended a period of negative interest rates stretching back to January 2015. Policy at the SNB is reviewed quarterly, and an initial 50-basis point hike was engineered at the prior meeting. More restraint seems likely: SNB President […] More

Thursday Central Bank Derby Results in Japanese Forex Intervention, Many Interest Rate Hikes, and One Bizarre Cut

September 22, 2022

Net overnight movements in the dollar have ranged widely from a 1.8% plunge against the yen to a 1.1% rise versus the Swiss franc. In between, the dollar fell 0.3% versus the euro, Australian dollar, and sterling. After numerous rhetorical complaints by officials about the weakness of the yen, Japanese officials sold foreign currency directly […] More

Swiss National Bank Interest Rate Hiked by 50 Basis Points

June 22, 2022

The quarterly review of the Swiss National Bank’s monetary policy ended with an unexpected 50-basis point increase of the policy interest rate to -0.25%. The rate had been at -0.75% since January 2015, and this was the first increase since 2007. A released statement opines that more rate hikes are likely and reaffirms the practice […] More

With Central Bank Policies in Today’s Spotlight, Tuesday’s Equity Rally Has Been Followed by Renewed Selling on Wednesday

June 22, 2022

Fed Chairman Powell delivers his semi-annual congressional testimony on U.S. monetary policy and the economy at 10:00 EDT (14:00 GMT) before the Senate Banking Committee. He is likely to strike a hawkish tone, prioritizing the goal of reducing inflation and halting the upward creep of expected inflation. The quarterly review of the Swiss National Bank’s […] More

Surprise Rate Hike at Swiss National Bank

June 16, 2022

Today’s biggest central bank surprise came from the Swiss National Bank, where inflation is at its highest since September 2008 but tame at 2.9% compared to inflation in other countries. Swiss officials have kept very low interest rates in order to keep the Swiss franc from climbing to very overvalued levels. For several years prior […] More

Stagflationary Outlook Gaining Traction and Western Leaders in Brussels Plan Contingent Plans for Ukraine Crisis

March 24, 2022

The world’s attention today is on Brussels where U.S. President Biden will be meeting with NATO allies, the European Council of political leaders, and Other Group of Seven members. The meetings are meant to coordinate a response to Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine, where the use of Russian weapons of mass destruction appears increasingly probable. […] More

A Parade of Central Bank Announcements and PMI Releases, Plus Another Strong U.S. Labor Market Indicator

December 16, 2021

The rally late yesterday in U.S. equities carried over into Thursday trading. Share prices rose 2.1% in Japan, 0.8% in China, 0.7% in Taiwan and 0.6% in South Korea. The British, German and French stock markets show gains so far of more than 1.0% today, and the DJIA has gone up by a further 0.6%. […] More

Considerable Central Bank News and a Whole Lot More

September 23, 2021

The takeaways from Fed Chairman Powell’s press conference yesterday are that a tapering of Fed bond purchases could begin as soon as right after the next scheduled FOMC meeting and should be drawn down to zero by mid-2022, plus the lift-off date for the fed funds target could occur next year rather than in 2023. […] More

Parade of Other Central Banks

June 17, 2021

Markets had reacted late Wednesday to the Federal Reserve‘s signal that its initial interest rate hike is likely to occur during 2023, rather than 2024 as implied previously. Several other central banks had scheduled policy reviews whose results were learned subsequently. At the time of the opening of U.S. stock market trading on Thursday, the […] More

Differentiated Growth and Covid Prospects According to Efficiency of Vaccine Roll-Outs

March 25, 2021

The dollar has been taking its cue lately from vaccine news. The United States has handled the roll-out much better the Europe. Britain had been getting vaccinated at a good clip, too, but now faces a possible EU ban of vaccine exports to the U.K.. Japan’s Covid spread has also picked up lately. The proliferation […] More

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