Guide to trade USD/CHF

🟢Guide to Currency Trading 🟢Developed Countries: Switzerland USD/CHF

Currency: Swiss Franc
Common Name Swiss
Quotation Convention 4 decimal points
Most liquid cross pairs USD/CHF
1 pip .0001 USD
Trading on margin up to 1.500 for professionals traders
Time to Day Trade – USD/CHF 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. ET, as well as between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET
Economic Indicators Swiss
> Balance of Payments
> Consumer Price Index (CPI)
> Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
> Measure of monetary supply, tracked by the New York Federal Reserve Bank and reported every Thursday (M3)
> Production Index (Industrial Production)
> Unemployment Rate
> Economic calendar

Characteristics and Trends for Swiss Franc

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⚪ Because of the confidentiality of the Swiss banking system, the Swiss franc (CHF) is more likely to move as a result of external events rather than domestic economic conditions, because funds move into the country during times of international economic instability.

⚪ News regarding Swiss banking regulation changes tends to negatively affect the Swiss economy and the CHF.

⚪ Because Switzerland is the fourth largest holder of gold, and gold is also viewed as the ultimate safe-haven form of money, the CHF has almost an 80 percent positive correlation with gold.

⚪ Interest rate differentials between the European Union and Swiss futures and foreign interest rate futures are watched closely for indications of potential money flows.

⚪ Mergers and acquisitions are common in the Swiss banking and insurance sectors, and can significantly affect CHF spot prices.

⚪ The euro/franc (EUR/CHF) is the most commonly traded currency pair involving CHF movements; the USD/CHF has higher illiquidity and volatility. However, the USD/CHF is only a synthetic currency derived from EUR/USD and EUR/CHF, and those pairs are used as leading indicators for trading USD/CHF or to price the USD/CHF level when the currency pair is illiquid. Only during times of extreme global risk aversion will the USD/CHF develop a market of its own.

USD/CHF price forecast and technical analysis

USD/CHF price forecast based on technical analysis DAY / WEEK / MONTH

Economic Overview

Switzerland is a prosperous and stable modern market economy with the 30th largest overall GDP, but the tenth highest per capita GDP. Even with the drops in GDP, unemployment has remained at less than half the European Union's unemployment average. Switzerland's low unemployment rate and highly skilled labor force contribute to the country's steady economic success.

Switzerland is viewed as a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of confidentiality through the Swiss banking law, which regulates what types of information the banks can disclose. As a result, Switzerland is the world's foremost destination for offshore capital and investors. This has created a large and highly advanced banking and insurance industry that employs about half of the population and comprises more than 70 percent of the total GDP. Since Switzerland's financial industry thrives on its safe haven status and renowned confidentiality, capital flows tend to increase during times of global risk aversion.

Germany is Switzerland's most important trade partner, followed by the U.S., France and Italy. Major exports include machinery, chemicals, metals, consumer products and agricultural products.

Swiss National Bank (SNB)

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) was established in 1907 as Switzerland's independent central bank. The Swiss National Bank strives to maintain price stability, while taking economic development into account. Like other countries, the SNB values price stability for long-term growth and prosperity. The SNB equates price stability with no more than a 2 percent increase in the national consumer price index.

The Swiss National Bank closely monitors exchange rates because excessive strength in the Swiss franc causes inflation. This is especially true in environments of global risk aversion, when capital flows into Switzerland tend to increase. As a result, the SNB typically favors a weak franc, and does not hesitate to intervene in the market.

Monetary policy

The SNB's quarterly bulletin includes a monetary policy report for the quarterly assessment of the governing board. The report discusses monetary policy decisions and provides an inflation forecast for the next three years. In its annual financial stability report, released in June, the SNB presents its assessment of the stability of the Swiss banking sector and financial market infrastructure and highlights observable trends in the banking system, financial markets and the macroeconomic environment. The main purpose of the report is to draw attention to weaknesses or imbalances that could threaten the stability of the system.

The Swiss National Bank conducts open market operations to influence monetary policy. Repurchase (repo) transactions are the most important open market tool used by the SNB. With this type of repo, a financial institution sells securities to the SNB, and agrees to repurchase the same type and quantity from the SNB at a later date. The bank pays interest for the term of the agreement. If there are any price fluctuations in the securities, the bank or the SNB must deliver additional securities or cash. Repo terms range from one day to a few months. Other open market tools include foreign exchange swaps and advances against securities, otherwise known as Lombard loans (a common European term for securities-based lending).

In order to implement monetary policy, the SNB sets an interest rate target range for the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) rate for three-month Swiss franc (CHF) deposits. The SNB uses repos to supply banks with more or less funds to ensure that the Libor rate remains within the target range. The SNB sets a target range for Libor of one percentage point within which the rate can fluctuate. An increase of the target range signals a tightening of monetary policy, while a reduction signifies an easing of the policy.