newratings.com  3 hrs ago  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The British pound strengthened against most major currencies in the Asian session on Friday. The pound rose to 2-day highs of 0.8904 against the euro and 1.2184 against the Swiss franc, from yesterday's closing quotes of...
newratings.com  Oct 20  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Switzerland's foreign trade data for September was released in the pre-European session at 2:00 am ET. After the data, the Swiss franc changed little against its major rivals. As of 2:01 am ET, the Swiss franc was...
newratings.com  Oct 19  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Switzerland's foreign trade data for September is due to be released in the pre-European session at 2:00 am ET. The trade surplus was CHF 3.02 billion in August. Ahead of the data, the Swiss franc showed mixed trading...
newratings.com  Oct 17  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The Swiss franc weakened against the other major currencies in the early European session on Monday. The Swiss franc fell to 1.0878 against the euro and 1.2072 against the pound, from an early near 3-week high of 1.0860 and...
Mondo Visione  Oct 14  Comment 
The latest issue of the "Bonds Quarterly Statistics" report looks at the performance of SIX Swiss Exchange's Bonds segment in the third quarter of 2016. SIX Swiss Exchange today published the latest edition of its "Bonds...
newratings.com  Oct 14  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Reversing direction, the pound climbed against its major counterparts in European trading on Friday. The pound strengthened to a 3-day high of 127.90 against the yen, 2-day highs of 1.2118 against the franc and 0.8991 against...
newratings.com  Oct 14  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - At 3:15 am ET Friday, Swiss producer and import prices for September were released. After the data, the Swiss franc changed little against its major rivals. As of 3:16 am ET,the Swiss franc was trading at 1.0891 against...
newratings.com  Oct 14  Comment 
Reuters  Oct 14  Comment 
Billionaire Patrick Drahi's Altice telecoms group said on Friday it had bought a 5.21 percent stake in its French subsidiary SFR Group, raising its stake to more than 82...
newratings.com  Oct 13  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The British pound weakened against most major currencies in the Asian session on Thursday. The pound fell to 0.9057 against the euro and 1.2037 against the Swiss franc, from yesterday's closing quotes of 0.9013 and...
newratings.com  Oct 12  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Switzerland's ZEW economic confidence survey results for October are due to be released at 5:00 am ET Wednesday. Ahead of the data, the Swiss franc showed mixed trading against its major rivals. While the Swiss franc...


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
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


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