Swiss Central Bank Holds Key Interest Rate

The Swiss National Bank left its three month libor target rate without change in line with market forecasts at 0.25%. The statement from the Central Bank outlines their commitment to supplying liquidity and safeguarding the Swiss franc versus the euro.

It seems that after the positive retail numbers the SNB has revised its GDP growth estimates, and now expect Switzerland’s economy to fall between 1.5% and 2%. Although it may not seem like a positive it is because of their earlier forecast of a fall between 2.5% and 3%. Rising unemployment and a deepening recession might convince the Swiss National Bank to return to its previous estimate.

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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