Fears surrounding Italian politics strengthens the Swiss Franc

Although some economists aren't predicting the recent bout of CHF strength to remain, the bottom line is that the Swiss Franc has been one of the strongest performing currencies within the G10 recently. Market traders have been placing bets that the Euro will weaken against the Swiss Franc recently, after the issues surrounding the political leadership in Italy is beginning to spill over into the Euros value. Up until this weekend it had appeared that a populist coalition would take control in Italy with intentions...
CHF finds support following fresh Brexit uncertainty

Swiss Franc at 2 month high vs the Pound

The Pound has fallen to its lowest level to buy Swiss Francs in two months as the Pound continues to struggle after the Bank of England's decision to keep interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future. About a month ago the Swiss Franc started coming under pressure against a number of different currencies after the Swiss National Bank got rid of the cap that it had previously put in place to stop the CHF from being too strong. Many expected that the Swiss Franc may...

GBPCHF rates slide on UK news and global risk events!

The pound to Swiss Franc exchange rates has slipped to some of the lower levels in two months as concerns over the Italian political situation fuels a shift into safer haven assets like the Swiss Franc. We have also had a reduction in the interest rate forecast for the UK which is removing pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates and seeing the pound slightly softer. The longer-term direction for the pound to CHF rate could be towards a higher level as...

Will next months vote create volatility for the Swiss Franc?

Next month on the 10th of June there will be a key vote in Switzerland. It's being labelled as 'Vollgeld' and it pertains to whether the Swiss want to reform their monetary system in an unprecedented way. There hasn't been much talk of this Referendum in the economic world outside of Switzerland because a 'Yes' vote is apparently highly unlikely. I guess there are parallels with the Brexit vote which few expected, so I wouldn't rule out a major move for CHF exchange rates should...

Swiss Franc starts to claw back ground as investors take a shine to the...

The Swiss franc has been one of the poorest performers of all major currencies so far in 2018, losing roughly 5% of value against the Dollar and 3% against Sterling. It does appear though from signs this week that investors and speculators are starting to look at the currency in a more positive light, and we have seen a slight fightback as the week has progressed. Swiss economic data has been ok in recent times and although the general view is that we will not see...

Swiss Franc to have a positive end to the week vs the Pound

The Pound has remained fairly range bound against the Swiss Franc during the last couple of weeks as the markets appear to adopting a wait and see approach as to what might happen in the medium to long term. The Pound fell marginally during this time after the Bank of England once again decided to keep interest rates on hold at a split of 7-2 in favour of keeping the rates the same. Over the next couple of days there is limited data published both here...
Will the upward trend for GBP/CHF continue, and what factors are influencing the pair at the moment?

Will the SNB raise interest rates?

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) could be moving forward in their process of raising interest rates according to current reports with the previous Q4 2019 hike predicted to become reality in Q3. This minor shift in expectations is positive for the Swiss Franc and gives the market some news to be targetting and assessing in deciding the value of the CHF. With interest rates in Switzerland having been at -0.75% since January 2015, the future guidance could see the Franc strengthening as investors price up the possibility...

Poor 2018 for Swiss Franc so far, will the downward trend continue?

A quick glance at a chart showing the Swiss Franc's performance this year makes for simple reading, as the trend is generally downward against all major currency pairs. There have even been reports of cross-border shopping trips from Switzerland to the surrounding countries declining, as the spending power of the Swiss Franc has diminished quite considerably in the last few months. At the time of writing the CHF/USD pair are sitting almost exactly on 1.00 which is the lowest level since May of last year. This...

Bank of England set to influence Sterling Swiss Franc Rates

The most eagerly anticipated data release is due today with the Bank of England due to hold their latest monetary policy decision at lunchtime today. Up until a fortnight ago the anticipation was that we'd see an interest rate hike this month however since then we have seen a number of negative data releases which are likely to keep interest rates on hold at today's meeting. UK GDP came out at its slowest pace in 6 years and Construction and Services data have shown signs of...
Will Switzerland’s strong economy ensure the CHF remains strong?

What will move Swiss Franc exchange rates?

The Swiss Franc is always susceptible to global attitudes to risk, as a safe haven currency it will rise and fall in value according to global sentiments on risk. When the market is fearful the Franc will strengthen when investors are confident in the global economic outlook it will weaken as investors look for more profitable shores elsewhere. The main talking point is at present is the latest news on Iran and the nuclear deal which Trump has now rejected. This has triggered lots of...