Swiss franc: special focus

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Euromoney's latest coverage of the CHF since the Swiss National Bank removed its currency floor with the euro, plus choice archive material.

Banks offer consistently cheaper FX liquidity than ECNs, says Pragma
July 2017
Banks consistently offer more competitive prices in spot FX than their ECN counterparts — for all but a few minutes per day — according to research conducted by Pragma, a provider of algorithmic trading technology.


Mortgage loans: Don’t cry for Swiss franc lenders
October 2015
Swiss franc till-R-600

Banks in Poland and Croatia will only have themselves to blame if they end up footing the bill to resolve the Swiss franc mortgage problem.

Poland: Bank M&A threat from Swiss franc mortgage move
September 2015
$5.8 billion bill for loan conversion; portfolios ‘impossible to price’, say analysts.

Black Thursday: Seven lessons to remember
July 2015
Six months have passed since the Swiss National Bank (SNB) scrapped its EUR/CHF 1.20 floor on January 15, unleashing a torrent of volatility and burning traders across the globe. What lessons should we remember from one of the craziest days in currency markets?

Spread-betting poster-child IG in the line of fire post-SNB
July 2015
Euromoney can reveal more details emerge about IG’s alleged failures to deliver best-execution practice on Black Thursday.

Swiss peg debacle leads to cull in FX prime brokerage
June 2015
A series of market disasters in recent years, culminating in the SNB’s decision to abandon its peg to the euro, have forced banks to reconsider their commitment to the prime brokerage (PB) business, leaving many smaller hedge funds and other clients in the cold – but a new generation of providers is taking their place, promising to revolutionize the business.

More aggressive SNB action urged amid Swiss franc strength
April 2015
The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has expanded the scope of its negative rates policy, meaning more assets deposited at the central bank will incur charges – but more must be done to substantially weaken the currency, say analysts.

FXCM places interbank business in shop window to repay SNB shock loan
April 2015
FX broker FXCM has unveiled its plans to sell its non-core assets to repay loans post-Swiss National Bank disaster, and focus its resources on wholesale as well as prime of prime services.

Circuit breakers: Does FX need a kill switch?
March 2015
Foreign-exchange broker FXCM’s CEO calls for wider adoption of circuit breakers on FX platforms to prevent another Swiss franc shocker as seen on Black Thursday, but critics question whether it is the right solution and even suitable for an over-the-counter (OTC) market such as FX.

Regulators eye leverage cap in FX
March 2015
The convulsions after the SNB’s decision to cease pegging the Swiss franc to the euro are still being felt, with regulators in Europe and Australia debating the merits of tougher controls on leverage in FX markets for retail investors.

SNB shocker spawns Downfall parody
March 2015
The internet responds to the crunch facing FX trading platforms post-SNB.

FXCM CEO reveals next steps post-SNB disaster
February 2015
After the events of Black Thursday, the CEO of crest-fallen FXCM, the FX broker, discusses the shake-up in its business model, the future for retail flows, and lashes out at the institutional FX market structure.

Speculators smell blood as Danish peg comes under fire
February 2015
After the shock removal of the Swiss peg to the euro, speculators are testing the DKK peg, though, for now, the central bank is well-placed to withstand the pressure.

Inside investment: Swiss franc and euro – the allegory of the man cave
February 2015
How did the relationship of the Swiss franc and the euro turn out to be purely platonic? Conscious uncoupling was perhaps inevitable.

Debt capital markets: SNB policy change hits Swiss franc debt issuers
February 2015
Central and Eastern Europe most affected; foreign Swiss franc bond issuance is frozen.

Emerging Europe: Swiss franc appreciation hits CEE banks
February 2015
Politicians urge ‘Hungarian’ solution; Polish, Croatian banks in firing line.

Czechs can avoid Swiss disruption, says governor
February 2015
Exchange rate regime set to run into mid-2016; CNB ready to act to prevent market shock.

FX pegs: Faith no more
January 2015
The SNB's removal of its currency floor with the euro and a rising greenback call into question the strength and wisdom of currency pegs elsewhere, especially in the Gulf and Hong Kong.

Retail foreign exchange ripe for consolidation post-Swiss shock

January 2015
The retail FX market is ripe for further consolidation as brokers that successfully navigated the volatility of the Swiss franc cap prepare to swoop on strugglers that took a hit, says the CEO of US forex broker Gain Capital.

Julius Baer worst hit in CHF/EUR unpegging
January 2015
Julius Baer to take profits hit due to high CHF cost exposure, say analysts.

Swiss franc move shakes up trading flows
January 2015
Foreign-exchange markets have been hit by bouts of extreme volatility this year, prompting investment managers to hastily rebalance their portfolios, but it also signals a welcome return for traders seeking to maximize gains from moving currency markets.

CHF unpegging vexes M&A outlook for small Swiss private banks
January 2015
The small private-banking industry in Switzerland urgently needs to consolidate, given the impact of regulation, capital requirements and weak profitability of the over-banked sector. The unpegging of the CHF to the euro complicates the M&A outlook.

SNB abandons euro peg ahead of expected ECB QE
January 2015
The SNB has been under sustained fire in its attempt to defend its euro peg in recent years, as ECB loosening and risk aversion increased safe-haven flows. Thursday's rate cuts and the shift in the long-defended policy regime have shocked markets and have far-reaching implications for the euro and eastern Europe.

HKD peg back in focus as SNB removes currency floor
January 2015
The Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the US dollar has, once again, come under scrutiny after the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) removal of its currency’s floor roiled currency markets globally.

SNB set to roil Swiss bank earnings
January 2015
The shock decision by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to discontinue its euro peg and impose a 0.75% rate on sight deposit accounts will inevitably wreak havoc on Swiss banks’ earnings, say analysts, citing the rising CHF-denominated cost base of global investment banks, which derive the bulk of their income in USD and EUR.

Credit Suisse buoyed by Swiss and Asian clients
January 2015
Hans-Ulrich Meister, chief executive of Credit Suisse Private Bank, talks about his firm’s geographical aims.

Swiss franc volatility rises on gold vote
November 2014

Implied volatility on the Swiss franc has risen sharply in recent days, amid speculation that a referendum at the end of this month might force the Swiss National Bank to greatly increase its gold holdings.

Time is nigh for a Swiss franc plunge
April 2014
Analysts pronounce an imminent end to the Swiss franc bull run, citing new safe-haven trades and the global economic recovery.

SNB reveals a penchant for the yen
May 2013


Events in the eurozone – not the SNB – send Swiss franc lower
April 2013

SNB could turn to negative rates to combat Swiss franc strength
March 2013


Special focus: Currency wars
March 2013

The joy of forex – introducing the currency sutra
February 2013

Swiss National Bank reserve data provides further fuel for euro bulls
January 2013

Foreign exchange: Toxic macro/monetary mix spells danger for euro
January 2013

Swiss National Bank notches up a victory, but Swiss currency war continues
January 2013

SNB to open Singapore branch to help enforce currency floor
December 2012

UBS warns on euro-swiss franc floor

 November 2012

EURCHF to hit 1.10 in first quarter as SNB abandons floor
November 2012


Selling pressure on EUR to abate as SNB rebalances its reserves
October 2012

SNB currency reserves’ rise reinforces credibility of SFr1.20 floor, strategists say
October 2012

Switzerland hopes for a happy anniversary; talk of a rise in EURCHF floor
September 2012

Don’t chase EURCHF higher; custodian bank warns on franc weakness
September 2012

No need for SNB to raise EURCHF floor
September 2012

Respite for havens: easing demand for CHF and DKK bodes well for EUR
August 2012

SNB boosts reserve holdings of “other” currencies; euro holdings still rise
July 2012

SNB to dominate FX price action as liquidity dries up
July 2012