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Swiss franc’s defensive features likely to come back into fashion

Despite heightened trade tensions, the Swiss franc has been relatively weak against the US dollar of late. The defensive features of the franc seem to be outweighed by an unsupported interest rate differential. But the continuing threat of escalation in trade disputes and extreme short speculative positioning on the franc mean the latter has upside potential. Capital outflows are unlikely to weigh significantly on...

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Federal Council appoints Martin Schlegel as new Alternate Member of the SNB Governing Board

Martin Schlegel - Click to enlarge At its meeting of 4 July 2018, the Federal Council appointed Martin Schlegel as the new Alternate Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), following the proposal of the SNB’s Bank Council. He will take up the position of Deputy Head of Department I as of 1 September. Martin Schlegel is currently Head of the SNB’s branch office in Singapore. Having graduated...

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Ueli Maurer hat recht: Der Erste, der einsieht, dass die SNB sich hoffnungslos verrannt hat

„An der Grenze des Erträglichen“ – so beurteilt Bundesrat und Finanzminister Ueli Maurer die Bilanz der Schweizerischen Nationalbank (SNB). Als ehemaliger Präsident des Zürcher Bauernverbandes ist Maurer zu einer Milchbüchlein-Rechnung fähig. Als Inhaber des eidgenössischen Buchhalter-Diplomes kann er auch eine Bilanz beurteilen. Eine Milchbüchlein-Rechnung und einfachste Bilanzkenntnisse genügen, um zu erkennen, dass...

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Banks in Switzerland 2017, Results from the Swiss National Bank’s data collection

Summary of the 2017 banking year Of the 253 banks in Switzerland, 229 recorded a profit in 2017, posting a total profit of CHF 10.3 billion. The remaining 24 institutions recorded an aggregate loss of CHF 0.5 billion. The result of the period for all banks was CHF 9.8 billion. The aggregate balance sheet total rose by 4.8% to CHF 3,249.4 billion. On the assets side, domestic mortgage loans continued to advance, by...

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Buying more time

Switzerland: monetary policy At its quarterly monetary policy assessment last week, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) kept unchanged the target range for the three-month Libor at between -1.25% and -0.25% and the interest rate on sight deposits at a record low of -0.75%. The SNB reiterated its willingness to intervene in the foreign exchange market if needed. The central bank’s assessment of the Swiss franc also remained...

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Swiss residential property risks growing in buy to let, according to Swiss National Bank

On 21 June 2018, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced its decision on interest rates, which it left unchanged. Fritz Zurbrügg, Thomas Jordan and Andréa Maechler Switzerland’s economy has been sailing into the headwinds of a strong currency since the SNB scrapped its exchange rate cap in January 2015 and the Swiss franc briefly went beyond parity with the euro. To weaken the currency, the SNB introduced negative...

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Andréa M. Maechler: Introductory remarks, news conference

I will begin my remarks with an overview of the situation on the financial markets, before giving an update on the status of the reforms regarding reference interest rates. And in closing I would like to say a few words about our branch office in Singapore, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Situation on the financial markets Let me start with the developments on the financial markets. The first half of 2018...

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Introductory remarks by Fritz Zurbrügg

Fritz Zurbrugg - Click to enlarge In my remarks today, I will present the key findings from this year’s Financial Stability Report, published by the Swiss National Bank this morning. In the first part of my speech, I will talk about the big banks, before going on, in the second part, to outline our current assessment of the situation at domestically focused banks. Big banks In October 2018, it will be ten years since...

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Thomas Jordan: Introductory remarks, news conference

- Click to enlarge Ladies and gentlemen It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to the Swiss National Bank’s news conference. I will begin by explaining our monetary policy decision and our assessment of the economic situation. I would also like to briefly touch on the rejection of the sovereign money initiative by the people and the cantons as well as a publication marking the tenth anniversary of the SNB’s...

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Swiss National Bank commits to FX Global Code and supports establishment of foreign exchange committee

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has signed a Statement of Commitment to the FX Global Code (“Code”), thereby demonstrating that its internal processes are consistent with the principles of the Code. It also expects its regular counterparties to adhere to the Code and comply with the agreed rules of conduct. Published on 25 May 2017, the Code outlines principles of good practice developed by central banks and market...

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