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August 13, 2019 | More Currency Wars: Swiss Central Bank Poised to Cut Interest Rate to -1.0%

Mike 'Mish' Shedlock

Mike Shedlock / Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.
The Swiss national bank is not happy with appreciation of the Franc. Its solution is likely another rate cut to -1.0%.

Bloomberg reports SNB Likely to Follow Interventions With Interest-Rate Cut.

The Swiss National Bank may have to do more than pump billions into foreign exchange markets into prevent the franc from appreciating to a damaging level.

With data suggesting the central bank recently intervened after the currency rose to the highest since 2017 against the euro, an increasing number of economists also expect the SNB to reduce its benchmark interest rate. Five respondents of 17 in Bloomberg’s monthly survey now see a cut of up to 25 basis points this quarter, compared with just one in July.

With the franc up more than 4% versus the euro in the past three months and the European Central Bank expected to unleash new stimulus, the SNB is under close scrutiny for possible action it will take to contain the currency’s strength. Sight deposits jumped almost 2.8 billion francs last week, the most in more than two years and a sign the central bank has been intervening in currency markets.

Stronger Currencies, Who Want’s Em?

  1. Argentina
  2. Venezuela
  3. Turkey
  4. Iran
  5. Colombia

Anyone else?

Well, I am sure there are some other minor counties like Sudan or Uganda. Perhaps Mexico or Russia.

Monetary Madness

Meanwhile, prepare for an escalation of the currency war and more Monetary Madness such as Inverted Negative Yields in Germany and Negative Rate Mortgages.

Also, please see Fed Trapped in a Rate-Cutting Box: It’s the Debt Stupid

And expect more howls from Trump.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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August 13th, 2019

Posted In: Mish Talk

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