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SNB Jordan says negative rates and interventions reduce “significant overvaluation” of the Swiss franc

FXStreet (Córdoba) - Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank was speaking in Geneva and reiterated its mantra that the Swiss franc remains overvalued.

“Since the beginning of the financial crisis, Switzerland has been particularly heavily affected by international disturbances. The entire Swiss economy has had to adapt to new international monetary conditions and a significantly overvalued Swiss franc”, Jordan said. “The SNB has geared monetary policy to this new and difficult international situation”.

In the statement, Jordan said that the goal of the SNB has been to steer policy responses in a way that reduces the painful short-term adjustment costs while preserving the stability achieved over the past four decades of independent monetary policy. “The two pillars of its current monetary policy, negative interest rates and foreign exchange interventions as required, serve to reduce the current significant overvaluation of the Swiss franc and to guarantee price stability in the long run”.

He added that due to safe haven status of the Swiss franc the central bank has been active on the foreign exchange market and assured the SNB remains SNB prepared to intervene.

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