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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Swiss National Bank

Interest Rate: -0.75%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 32.9%

Trade Balance, 2018: $85.2 bln.

Inflation, 2018: 1%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AAA
Stable
Moody's
Aaa
Stable
S&P
AAA
Stable

Supporting Factors

Anti-inflation hedge reputation

Safe-haven currency

medium

Factors of Weakness

The Swiss National Bank manipulates currency rate

weak

Negative interest rates

medium

The Swiss franc is the currency that is officially used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, while also used in some other regions. The franc was introduced in 1850 as a currency used in the whole Switzerland, replacing different currencies that were used in different parts of the country (some of them were also called “franc”). The franc is considered a safe currency because of the stability of the Swiss economy and the near-zero inflation of the currency. Previously, the law that demanded that 40 percent of printed money should be supported by gold also supported the view on the franc as a safe currency, but that requirement was terminated in 2000.



Swiss Franc News Archive

Swiss Franc Extends Fall Against US Dollar on SNB Interventions

The Swiss franc is slumping on Tuesday as the central bank continues to intervene in foreign exchange markets and control the value of the currency. Despite being a conventional safe-haven asset for global investors, the franc’s appeal might diminish as the nation potentially slips into a recession.

Risk Aversion, Better-than-Expected GDP Unable to Help Swiss Franc

The Swiss franc was surprisingly soft today even though the deadly coronavirus infection continued to spread across the globe, spooking investors and increasing demand for safe-haven assets. Positive macroeconomic reports released in Switzerland on Monday and Tuesday did little to help the currency. The Swissie was soft against almost all currencies, except for the Canadian dollar, which fell today despite rising prices for crude oil, and the US dollar, which collapsed after […]

Coronavirus Fears Make Swiss Franc Strongest on Forex Market

The Swiss franc was the strongest currency on the Forex market today, followed by the Japanese yen. Risk aversion was ruling markets as the coronavirus, which originated in China, continued to spread. Fears resulted in a rising demand for safe currencies, like the Swissie and the yen. Domestic economic data provided additional support for the currency of Switzerland.

Swiss Franc Gains on Record Trade Surplus in 2019

The Swiss franc is strengthening against several currency rivals midweek as the country recorded its highest ever trade surplus in 2019. The latest data may give the central bank a headache as it attempts to justify its depreciating efforts after accusations of being a currency manipulator. With chaos in global financial markets, will investors continue to pour into the traditional safe-haven asset?

Swiss Franc Rallies on Slew of Bad News, Loses Gains Later

The Swiss franc rallied today amid the negative sentiment among investors. The franc is considered a safe currency, meaning that traders prefer to buy it in times of fear and uncertainty. And on Tuesday, there were plenty of news to spook speculators. Currently, though, the Swissie has lost its gains against most other rivals.

Swiss Franc Rises to Three-Year High After Addition to US Trade Watch List

The Swiss franc is continuing its streak of gains on Monday, despite recent allegations that Switzerland is manipulating its currency. The franc is also finding direction on the latest trade prices, which have fallen over the last 12 months as Switzerland suffers from global trade uncertainty. Will the franc remain a safe-haven currency moving forward?

Franc Mixed as Market Sentiment Stabilizes, Domestic Data Supports

The Swiss franc was mixed today, rising against some currencies, staying flat versus others, and crashing against the US dollar and the Japanese yen. The market sentiment was stabilizing following yesterday’s risk aversion, limiting the appeal of safe currencies. Domestic macroeconomic data was positive and helpful to the Swissie.

KOF Economic Barometer Drops Unexpectedly, Swiss Franc Fails to Attract Demand

The Swiss franc was rather soft today, falling against some major rivals and trading flat versus others. It looked like traders felt no need to buy safer currencies despite increasing tensions between the United States and China over Hong Kong protests and their potential negative impact on chances of reaching a trade deal. Domestic macroeconomic data did not help the Swissie either as the report released today […]

Swiss Franc Weakens As Trade Surplus Narrows

The Swiss franc is weakening against multiple currency rivals on Tuesday as the trade surplus narrowed in October. The currency also took a hit based on a gloomy outlook for the nation’s ailing manufacturing sector. With the central bank reiterating its support for currency intervention, the franc’s haven appeal may diminish in the coming months.

Swiss Franc Strengthens Amid Fall in Import, Producer Prices

The Swiss franc is strengthening against a myriad of currencies on Thursday, buoyed by a decline in import and producer prices. Low unemployment and larger foreign exchange reserves have contributed to the franc’s gains as of late. But there is more than just data that is spurring global interest in the country right now: coffee.

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