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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Swiss National Bank

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 32.9%

Trade Balance, 2017: $50.1 bln.

Inflation, 2017: 0.5%

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 Gains as Safe Currencies Back in Favor

The Swiss franc climbed today, joining the Japanese yen in a rally, as risk aversion returned to markets. That brought safe currencies back in favor of market participants.

Swiss Franc Declines After Inflation Misses Expectations

The Swiss franc declined against its most-traded rivals today after Switzerland’s inflation missed expectations.

Swiss Franc Strongest on Forex Market During Friday’s Trading

The Swiss franc was extremely strong today, beating all of its most-traded rivals. That is surprising, considering that Switzerland’s economic calendar is empty today, and the currency had no factors to facilitate such good performance. Yesterday, the nation’s central bank made its policy announcement.

Rising Risk Aversion Helps Swiss Franc to Rebound

The Swiss franc rose against its most-traded peers today amid rising risk aversion on the Forex market.

Swiss Franc Rises on Robust GDP Growth

The Swiss franc gained against most of its major rivals today, boosted by risk aversion and the better-than-expected GDP print.

Swiss Franc Soft Despite Stable Consumer Prices

The Swiss franc was rather soft during Tuesday’s trading despite today’s macroeconomic data, which showed that Switzerland’s consumer prices were stable last month.

Swiss Franc Falls vs. Yen As KOF Business Barometer Declines

The Swiss franc fell versus the Japanese yen and was little changed against the US dollar following the release of unfavorable macroeconomic data.

Swiss Franc Under Pressure from Stock Markets’ Attempt to Rally

The Swiss franc was soft today as the attempt of stock markets to rally put pressure on safer currencies. The markets wobbled, though, amid trade tensions between the United States and China. Today’s decline followed Friday’s better-than-expected inflation data in Switzerland.

Strength of Swiss Franc Signals About Risk Aversion on Forex Market

The Swiss franc was relatively strong today, rising against such currencies as the US dollar and the euro, though not the Great Britain pound and the Japanese yen.

Switzerland ‘Can Live With’ Franc Being Overvalued Against the Euro

The Swiss franc is overvalued compared to the euro, but the nation and its businesses “can live with” the current exchange rate, says Ueli Maurer, Switzerland’s Finance Minister. The Swiss franc, which has gained more than 5% against the euro over the last 12 months, is dipping on Thursday after his remarks.

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