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SNB keeps rates unchanged at -0.75%, USD/CHF holds steady below 0.9500 mark

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) board members decided to leave the monetary policy settings unchanged at the end of its June quarter monetary policy assessment held this Thursday. The SNB left the benchmark sight deposit rate unchanged at -0.75%. The central bank maintained the 3-Month Libor Target Range steady between -1.25% to -0.25%.

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As expected the SNB decided to maintain its expansionary policy, with the deposit rate still at -0.75% and the range for three months Libor at -1.25% to -0.25%. The central bank also reiterated that it will “remain active in the foreign exchange market as necessary while taking the overall currency situation into consideration”.

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The central bank reiterated its willingness to intervene as required in foreign exchange markets to prevent an appreciation of the Swiss franc. The Bank still believes the franc is “highly valued” and insisted on its volatility over the past three months and thinks it is still considered a safe-haven asset.

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What is the SNB?

The Swiss National Bank conducts the country’s monetary policy as an independent central bank. It is obliged by the Constitution and by statute to act in accordance with the interests of the country as a whole. Its primary goal is to ensure price stability, while taking due account of economic developments. In so doing, it creates an appropriate environment for economic growth.

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Who is SNB chair?

Thomas J. Jordan was born in Bienne, Switzerland in 1963. Thomas J. Jordan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basle and the Steering Committee of the Financial Stability Board (FSB). He is the Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Switzerland, and also Chairman of the G10 Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG).

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