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Forex News  Jun 4  Comment 
The Swiss franc gained on some of its major peers today, including the US dollar, but fell versus the euro as concerns about European politics receded. As for news from Switzerland itself, the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index...
Forex News  May 30  Comment 
The Swiss franc was trying to hold its ground today and managed to do so against some of its rivals. It was made complicated by lackluster domestic macroeconomic data and the improving market sentiment. The KOF Economic Barometer fell...
Forex News  May 29  Comment 
The Swiss franc was rather firm today. Risk aversion and decent domestic macroeconomic data helped the currency to carve out gains versus its major rivals. According to the report from the Federal Statistics Office, Switzerland’s trade...
Reuters  Apr 20  Comment 
The Swiss franc, long a place to park cash during times of stress - and away from the taxman's eyes - may be losing its cachet, not least for Russian tycoons who face growing crackdown risks, from local regulations as well as at home.
Forex News  Apr 20  Comment 
The Swiss franc fell below the historically important level of 1.20 versus the euro as the risk appetite drove investors away from safe currencies. Still, Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan saw no reason to abandon the extremely...
MarketWatch  Apr 18  Comment 
The euro-Swiss franc pair is trading at a three-year high, having briefly risen above the floor the Swiss National Bank abandoned back in January 2015. Geopolitical tensions, which should ordinarily make a haven currency like the franc more...
Financial Times  Apr 17  Comment 
Switzerland’s ultra-low interest rates seen as deterring capital inflows




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The Swiss Franc (also known as the “Swissie”[1]) is the currency of the nation of Switzerland. It is denoted with a trailing CHF or, alternately, SFr. or Fr. (with the latter more typical internal to Switzerland). For example 16.00 SFr. would be read "sixteen Swiss Francs". This could also be written 16.00 CHF or 16.00 Fr.

The dollar (USD) against the Swiss Franc is mostly considered as the 'safe-haven' currency because part of the core value of swiss franc, CHF is backed up by gold. When gold price appreciates and/or during geopolitical challenges the swissie usually rises as investors look to safer grounds.

The chart at left shows the USD/CHF currency pair; the number of Swiss Franc equivalent to 1 U.S. Dollar (USD).

Forex Markets [1]

Trading Hours

The most active CHF trading hours are from London's opening market hours (3:00AM ET / 8:00 GMT), Swiss Economic (1:45AM ET / 6:45 GMT) and U.S. Economic (8:30AM ET/ 13:30 GMT).[1]

USD/CHF 10 year chart

The USD has falling against the CHF for the last 10 years.
The USD has falling against the CHF for the last 10 years.

Key Currency Crosses

The key currency crosses are

Things to know when trading The Swiss Franc (CHF)

The majority of time, USD/CHF moves on dollar dynamics and not Swiss dynamics. Therefore since many Commodities are priced in dollars, so when the dollar rises, commodity prices fall:

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Oil vs. USD/CHF (inverted)

Nickname – The only nickname for the Swiss Franc is the Swissie which is a shortened version of the name.

Central Bank - The Swiss National Bank conducts monetary policy meetings 4 times a year and their decisions on interest rates could have significant ramifications for the currency market.

Most Active Trading Hours – We tend to see the most significant volatility in the Swiss Franc when Swiss and U.S. economic data are released.

What Does the Economy Rely On? – One of the unique aspects of Switzerland’s economy is that its bank secrecy laws have long made Switzerland a safe haven for investors. That has changed in recent years as the country has been pressured to reveal information on private investors sheltering the money in Switzerland. Although financial services are the primary driver of the economy, trade is also very important.

Who Does the Economy Rely on for Trade? – Switzerland’s largest trading partner is the Eurozone followed by the U.S.

Market Moving Economic Releases – Swiss economic data tends to impact EUR/CHF and CHF/JPY more than it does USD/CHF. Central bank rate decisions are usually the most market moving indicators, which mean that they can create the greatest volatility for any currency followed by the employment report, the consumer spending and inflation reports.

The Swiss Economy

Key Facts

The Swiss Economy is comprised of 64.5% Services, 34% Industrial, and 1.5% Agriculture. It's largest trading partners are Germany, US, Italy, France and U.K.. Some other key facts about the Swiss Economy:

  1. Service Sector Led by Financial Services
  2. Considered Safe Haven for Investors
  3. Known for their Banking Secrecy and Security
  4. Has One of the Highest Per Capita Incomes in the World
  5. Chemicals are Switzerland’s Main Exports

General Economic Statistics

2008 GDP EstimateUSD $492.6 Billion
Population:7.6 Million
Interest Rate^0.25% Target Range
Inflation^^-0.30%
Trade Balance^^^CHF 4.5 Billion

^As of May 2009 ^^As of April 2009 ^^^As of Q4 2008

Market Moving Economic Releases

  1. SNB Interest Rate Decision
  2. Retail Sales
  3. Consumer Prices
  4. UBS Consumption Index
  5. KoF Leading Indicators
  6. GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  7. Unemployment Rate

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FX360.com, EUSwiss Franc (CHF) Factsheet by Kathy Lien
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