Swiss franc slips as US dollar flexes muscles

The Swiss franc is down considerably in Tuesday trading. In the North American session, USD/CHF is trading at 0.9222, up 0.57% at the day. The US dollar has posted gains across the board against the majors today, and the Swiss franc has not been immune to the dollar’s upswing.

The franc was down sharply in June, sliding 2.94%. USD/CHF started the month below the symbolic 90 level and shot up to 0.9260. As I have noted in previous posts, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has taken on itself the role of ensuring that the franc does not appreciate to an extent that it harms the economy, which is highly dependent on exports and tourism. The SNB hasn’t hesitated to intervene in the currency markets to curb the franc’s value, although the Bank hasn’t had to intervene this year nearly to the extent that it did in 2020, when the SNB sold some 110 billion francs in order to prevent the USD/CHF from dropping to low for the bank’s liking.

With the ECB holding a critical policy meeting on Thursday, we could see some movement from EUR/CHF around the time of the meeting. ECB meetings are usually quiet events as far as the markets are concerned, but this time, the ECB is expected to implement significant changes in policy. The ECB presented a strategy review last week and ECB President Christine Lagarde said that there would be a review of forward guidance to align it to the strategy review. This means that we could see some important changes to forward guidance at the meeting.

The strategy review raised the inflation to 2% (up from “below, but close to 2%) and also stated that the central bank would accept “a transitory period in which inflation is moderately above target.” These changes are likely to be incorporated into the bank’s forward guidance and it will be interesting to see how the markets react to these moves.

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USD/CHF Technical

  • USD/CHF is testing resistance at 0.9227. Above, there is resistance at 0.9258
  • On the downside, the pair put pressure on 0.9141 earlier in the day. This is followed by support at 0.9086

 

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.