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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

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.

Swiss Franc Flat As Consumer Confidence Slides, OECD Slams Surplus

The Swiss franc is trading sideways on Thursday as consumer confidence fell to a 10-year low. With the survey suggesting that the Swiss anticipate higher unemployment and weaker economic growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) slammed the federal government for posting budget surpluses. But local businesses are more perturbed by subzero interest rates than a government that is saving money.

Swiss Franc Mixed As Machine Export Orders, Producer Prices Drop

The Swiss franc is mixed against a basket of currencies on Thursday as new data show machine export orders and producer and import prices declined. The Swiss economy continues to lose momentum amid the global trade war impacting markets everywhere. Despite the downward trends, investors are still pouring into the safe-haven asset, much to the chagrin of the Swiss National Bank (SNB).

Swiss Franc Dips As Markets Confident on US-China Trade Progress

The Swiss franc is trading slightly lower on Thursday as investors are confident that the US-China trade negotiations are progressing, a development that would diminish the franc’s safe-haven appeal. The near-term trend might please the central bank amid efforts to fight the currency’s overvaluation. But is it enough to prevent further monetary easing? Analysts suggest that it is not.

Swiss Franc Mixed As Retail Sales, Manufacturing Slump

The Swiss franc is mixed against currency competitors on Thursday after new data highlighted a slumping retail sector and a bearish manufacturing industry. Despite the central bank trying to do everything it can to debase the franc, investors are still pouring into the safe-haven asset and boosting the franc’s value.

Swiss Franc Rallies As Investors Pour Into Safe-Haven Currency

The Swiss franc is rallying midweek against multiple major currencies as investors are pouring into the safe-haven currency. With the central bank refusing to follow other institutions in easing monetary policy, traders were enthusiastic about the nation’s ability to weather the coming economic storm clouds, especially after the government slashed economic growth projections for 2019.

Swiss Franc Rallies After SNB Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The Swiss franc rallied today after the Swiss National Bank kept monetary policy unchanged. However, the main reason for the Swissie’s rally was the market sentiment that favored safer currencies.

Swiss Franc Soft After Economic Growth Outlook Downgrade

The Swiss franc was very soft today after the downgrade of Switzerland’s economic growth outlook. The Swissie fell against major rivals and lost earlier gains versus commodity currencies.

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