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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Swiss National Bank

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2016: 34.1%

Trade Balance, 2016: $57.7 bln.

Inflation, 2016: -0.4%

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 Mixed After Economic Data

The Swiss franc was mixed today, rising against some currencies, falling against others, and staying flat versus the US dollar. That was not surprising, considering that Switzerland’s economic data released over the trading session was mixed as well.

Swiss Franc Supported by Low Unemployment

The Swiss franc was flat against some currencies and rose versus others today as a report showed that unemployment in Switzerland remained extremely low.

Swiss Franc Shrugs Off Poor Domestic Data

Economic data released in Switzerland today was rather poor, but that did not prevent the Swiss franc from rising against its most-traded peers during the current trading session. The possible reason for the good performance was risk aversion ahead of today’s important events.

Swiss Franc Soft Despite Accelerating Inflation

The Swiss franc was not particularly strong today and actually fell against other safe-haven currencies even though the report released during the trading session showed that inflation accelerated in Switzerland last month.

Swiss Franc Gets Boost from Positive Outlook for Economy

The Swiss franc gained on its rivals, though not on the euro, thanks to data that revealed a favorable outlook for the Swiss economy.

Swiss Franc Sees No Support from North Korean Missile Launch

The Swiss franc was stable today against some majors and continued to fall versus the very strong Great Britain pound. North Korea launched yet another missile, but that had little impact on markets, showing that market participants feel no need for safety. With that said, currently the franc is starting to move higher.

Swiss Franc Vulnerable Without Help from Risk Aversion

The Swiss franc was weak today as risk aversion on the market has petered out, making traders less interested in safety provided by the currency. Switzerland’s macroeconomic reports were not supportive to the currency either.

USD/CHF Rises Because of Economic Data, Improving Sentiment

The Swiss franc fell against the US dollar today due to positive macroeconomic data from the United States and the improving market sentiment. Switzerland’s own economic indicators were not helping the currency either.

Traders Seek Safety After North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

Forex traders were seeking safe options during the current trading session after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Safe currencies like the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen profited as a result.

Swiss Franc Demonstrates Uninspiring Perfomance

The Swiss franc’s performance was not impressive today despite the widening trade balance surplus. The Swissie fell against the US dollar and was little changed against most other rivals.

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