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Swiss franc strengthens after SNB hikes rates by 50 bps

Thursday,   23-Mar-2023   03:26 PM (IST)

The Swiss franc strengthened on Thursday while two-year bond yields rose after the Swiss National Bank raised its main interest rate by 50 basis points, underlining a clear separation of the monetary policy path from financial stability. The Swiss franc strengthened across the board, with the euro down 0.2% at 0.9939 francs and the dollar down 0.5% at 0.9121 francs. On Sunday, Swiss authorities orchestrated a $3 billion deal for UBS to buy rival Credit Suisse, backed by a massive guarantee of up to $260 billion in state and central bank support. But with inflation still high, the SNB decided further rate hikes would be required to curb inflation. Two-year Swiss government bond yields rose to one-week highs at 1.173% after the rate decision. The Swiss bond market has been unusually volatile this week, as markets grappled with the fallout of the Credit Suisse-UBS deal. On Tuesday, two-year Swiss yields closed over 60 bps higher on the day, marking their biggest one-day jump since early 1995.