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    1. February 11, 2016

      Don’t mess with the SNB over Swissie

      One reason why the yen has surged so much this week may be that another supposed haven is not really pulling its...

    2. February 4, 2016

      Free Lunch: There is no lower bound on interest rates

      Feet-of-clay monetary theory Has the Bank of Japan undercut the basis of everything we’ve thought about economic policy...

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    1. February 3, 2016

      Swatch feels impact of strong Swiss franc

      Swatch has blamed the “dismal currency situation” in Switzerland for a squeeze on exports and a sharp fall in profit....

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      February 3, 2016

      Swatch hit by 'dismal' currency situation

      Swatch Group has blamed the “dismal currency situation” facing Swiss exporters for a painful 21 per cent drop in net...

    3. February 3, 2016

      ‘No limit’ to Japan easing, says Kuroda

      Haruhiko Kuroda said there was “no limit” to monetary easing as he vowed to slash Japanese interest rates deeper into...

    4. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Solid result from Roche as sales beat estimates

      Roche came good on its forecast to deliver mid-single digit sales growth as it reported higher-than-expected revenue in...

    5. January 15, 2016

      Why the Swiss are turning away tax payments

      “Swiss canton tells taxpayers to delaysettling bills.” Financial Times, January 11 I know Switzerland is renowned as a...

    6. January 14, 2016

      Winding up forex traders, one year on

      Winding up currencies traders is good fun, and very easy. One way is to say that someone from compliance rang for them....

    7. January 4, 2016

      Louis Dreyfus Commodities chair expects twins in April

      The billionaire who chairs and controls Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s biggest traders of grains and...

    8. December 21, 2015

      Currency surprises a feature of 2015

      After so many shocks, currency traders are ending the year fully expecting another bolt from the blue. Three major...

    9. Fast FT

      December 15, 2015

      Charts of the year: January 15th, Swiss franc. Enough said

        Where were you on the morning of January 15th 2015? No, you’re not in trouble with the police, but if you work...

    10. December 11, 2015

      Swiss bond issuance falls as negative rates damp markets

      Foreign companies have shunned Swiss bond markets with issuance falling to a record low this year, despite Switzerland...

    11. December 10, 2015

      Swiss National Bank keeps its powder dry

      Switzerland’s central bank has decided against pushing interest rates even deeper into negative territory after...

    12. December 10, 2015

      Swiss National Bank stays on hold, bemoans franc strength

      The Swiss central bank can thank Mario Draghi later. The relatively cautious rate cut from the ECB last week has given...

    13. December 10, 2015

      'Christmas has come early for SNB'

      The Swiss National Bank has its quarterly rates announcement coming up. Don’t expect fireworks. Since the European...

    14. December 6, 2015

      BoE and Swiss central bank to announce rate decisions

      Interest rate announcements from arguably the two most important European central banks outside the eurozone are the...

    15. December 2, 2015

      Central banks battle rising currencies as euro weakens

      For a select group of central bank governors, the year is threatening to end as it began — fending off unwelcome...

    16. December 1, 2015

      Stagnant growth piles pressure on Swiss ahead of ECB meeting

      Switzerland’s economic growth has stalled following this year’s sharp franc appreciation, piling pressure on its...

    17. FT Alphaville

      December 1, 2015

      The ECB is different (and should be treated as such)

      We wrote — when talking about the ECB’s potential move to a tiered depo facility which would allow a deeper cut than...

    18. November 30, 2015

      Dollar bulls usher in pivotal policy week

      The dollar hit an eight-month peak against other major currencies on Monday intensifying pressure on emerging markets...

    19. November 30, 2015

      Swiss banks face uncertainty on ECB move

      Earlier this year, housebuyers in Switzerland thought they had hit the jackpot. On January 15, the Swiss National Bank...

    20. November 30, 2015

      Swiss 10-year bond yield at record low

      Swiss 10-year bond yields slipped deeper into negative territory on Monday, underscoring market nervousness at the...

    21. November 23, 2015

      Expensive Swiss franc tests central bank

      For mountaineers high in the Swiss Alps, the path ahead sometimes looks perilous, whichever way they turn. As it tries...

    22. Gavyn Davies

      November 22, 2015

      The ECB shows the zeal of a convert

      Financial markets have been adjusting to the high likelihood of another aggressive round of unconventional monetary...

    23. November 14, 2015

      How watchmakers coped with the rising Swiss franc

      Riding out currency swings is part and parcel of international business — but even for the more battle-hardened members...

    24. November 14, 2015

      Luxury watch sector prepared for dismal economic outlook

      It is Friday afternoon and a luxury watch factory in Geneva has unexpected visitors — a wealthy Chinese couple and...

    25. October 7, 2015

      Retail forex traders score victory against IG over franc losses

      Some retail foreign exchange punters who lost money when the Swiss National Bank abandoned a trading band for the franc...

    26. October 4, 2015

      Repercussions from Swiss currency moves still being felt

      The Swiss National Bank’s decision on January 15th to scrap its currency cap with the euro proved there are no...

    27. September 17, 2015

      Swiss franc remains overvalued, says SNB

      Switzerland left interest rates unchanged after falls in the value of its currency reduced pressure on policymakers to...

    28. September 9, 2015

      Switzerland prays for US rate rise to ease economic pressure

      If the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates, perhaps even later this month, the world might quake. In Switzerland,...

    29. August 28, 2015

      Switzerland avoids recession despite steep rise in franc

      Switzerland has unexpectedly escaped falling into recession, with the affluent Alpine economy weathering a steep rise...

    30. July 31, 2015

      SNB reports record loss after abandoning currency cap

      Switzerland’s central bank has reported a record SFr50.1bn loss for the first half of 2015 after earlier this year...

    31. July 27, 2015

      German confidence data extend euro rally

      Strong German business confidence data intensified a rally for the euro on Monday, helping to allay fears about signs...

    32. July 16, 2015

      Swatch: moment of reckoning

      The back of an iPhone proclaims that it is “designed in California, made in China”. That will not do for Swatch. The...

    33. June 22, 2015

      Swiss franc resists attempts to weaken

      When you scale a mountain, the challenge resides in climbing back down. That is proving the case for Switzerland’s...

    34. June 15, 2015

      Central banks enter the unknown with sub-zero rates

      For years, central bankers have treated the fabled interest rate known as the “zero lower bound” as if it were a...

    35. June 14, 2015

      Economic outlook: Fed interest rate announcement keenly awaited

      Inflation and interest rates are top of the agenda of this week’s announcements. On Wednesday the Federal Reserve...

    36. June 10, 2015

      US banks signal softer bond trading period

      US banks have warned of a softer period of bond trading in the second quarter, signalling that momentum has faded from...

    37. May 19, 2015

      Swiss private banks: no secret formula

      Uncle Sam has ruined all the fun. Under a deal between Switzerland and the US two years ago, Swiss private banks have...

    38. May 1, 2015

      Small funds struggle to find big backers

      It has been a complaint since the financial crisis that the big banks no longer want to deal with small businesses....

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