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Toward Removal of the Swiss Franc Cap: Market Expectations and Verbal Interventions

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  • Mirkov, Nikola
  • Pozdeev, Igor
  • Soderlind, Paul

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We ask whether the markets expected the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to discontinue the 1.20 cap on the Swiss franc against the euro in January 2015. In the run-up to the SNB announcement, neither options on the euro/Swiss franc nor FX liquidity indicated a significant shift in market expectations. Furthermore, we find that the SNB's verbal interventions during the period of cap enforcement reduced the uncertainty of future euro/Swiss franc rate significantly and therefore reinforced the perceived continuation of the policy.

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  • Mirkov, Nikola & Pozdeev, Igor & Soderlind, Paul, 2016. "Toward Removal of the Swiss Franc Cap: Market Expectations and Verbal Interventions," Working Papers on Finance 1614, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
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    Keywords

    Swiss franc; risk-neutral distribution; FX liquidity; verbal interventions;
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    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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