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CHF (Swiss Franc)

The Swiss Franc is the currency and legal tender for Switzerland and Liechtenstein. CHF is the shorthand code for the currency; of which the 'CH' stands for 'Confoederatio Helvetica' and the 'F' stands for 'Franc'.

Switzerland is consistently listed as one of the richest countries around the globe, with some of the highest GDP-per-capita statistics in the world. Switzerland is also considered to be one of the oldest countries, tracing the roots of the Swiss Confederation to the year 1291.

CHF News and Analysis

EUR/USD Prepares for its Most Important Week in Months (If Not Years!)
Time to buckle up. Volatility is a near-certainty across EUR-crosses at the end of the week, with the ECB meeting on Thursday, both Draghi and Yellen speaking on Thursday, and the...
USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Swissy Sets New 5-year High
Swissy continues to drive higher as monetary policy between the two economies appear to show further divergence.
Fed Rate Hike Cycle Doesn’t Necessarily Bode Well for US Dollar
Higher interest rates tend to support a stronger currency. For the US Dollar, gains after a December Fed rate hike are anything but certain.
Amid Holiday, EUR/USD Prepares for Huge First Week of December
Markets are looking right through to the end of the first week of December, and for good reason: the ECB has its last policy meeting of 2015; Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gi...
USD/CHF Resumes Rally from Triangle Breakout
USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Trading in Rarefied Air
In our last article, we mentioned the top-side breakout in USD/CHF after the level of parity (1.0000 even) was broken by the surging up-trend of USD-strength.
EUR/USD Direction Next Few Days Contingent on EZ CPI, ECB Speeches
This week – with its twelve ECB policymaker events – provides plenty of opportunity for clarification of what changes the ECB might make at its December policy meeting.
USD/CHF .9900/40 May Provide Support for This Pullback
USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Parity Sets Support
US Dollar strength has been pervasive across markets, and USD/CHF has seen a massive breakout after last week's morning star formation.
USD/CHF Follows Through on Triangle Breakout

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Date Time Currency Event Importance Actual Forecast Previous Notes
Dec 1
CHF Gross Domestic Product (YoY) (3Q) 0.8% 1.2%

The Swiss economy is noted for its stability, prosperity, and aptitude for technological innovation. The history of Switzerland also plays a big role in its current day economy, and that is as the foundation of the banking sector.

Swiss neutrality and long-term national sovereignty, combined with a relatively stable business and political environment have helped to shape Switzerland into a highly-desired financial center with robust banking operations.

The European Debt Crisis brought a new light to this facet of the Swiss economy, as safe-haven flows from neighboring European countries poured into CHF, creating massive strength in the currency. In 2002, the USD/CHF pair was traded at 1.5000; in August of 2011, the pair moved below .7500. This massive strength led to enormous pressure on Swiss exporters and in turn the Swiss economy. The Swiss National Bank imposed a 'floor' on the EURCHF currency pair since Europe is their closest and most voluminous trade partner. The floor was initially set at 1.2000 on the EUR/CHF pair, and this helped to satiate the strength that was being seen in the currency.