Euro/dollar is below the launch date of 1.17 set in 1999. The low so far is 1.1565 but the pair bounces from these levels. This happens as the Swiss National Bank ends its 1.20 floor under EUR/CHF.
A huge drama in the forex markets.
Update: EUR/USD makes a huge bounce back up above 1.17 in the counter reaction to this big surprise. EUR/CHF remains paralyzed.
It was too hard for the SNB to defend these levels.
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Update: SNB also breaks the brokers – Some MT4 providers removing CHF quotes – slowly coming back online.
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The head of the Swiss National Bank Thomas Jordan has scheduled a press conference for 12:15 GMT.
Here is a quote from the surprising SNB decision:(bolding mine)
Recently, divergences between the monetary policies of the major currency areas have increased significantly – a trend that is likely to become even more pronounced. The euro has depreciated considerably against the US dollar and this, in turn, has caused the Swiss franc to weaken against the US dollar. In these circumstances, the SNB concluded that enforcing and maintaining the minimum exchange rate for the Swiss franc against the euro is no longer justified.
The SNB is lowering interest rates significantly to ensure that the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate does not lead to an inappropriate tightening of monetary conditions. The SNB will continue to take account of the exchange rate situation in formulating its monetary policy in future. If necessary, it will therefore remain active in the foreign exchange market to influence monetary conditions.
Spreads on the Swiss franc have skyrocketed. The Swiss franc is surging across the board while the euro is falling, while it is rebounding.
Markets are certainly moving fast.
The aftershocks continue and EUR/USD is still battling 1.17.
EUR/CHF is 1.1757. The SNB lowers the interest rate to minus 0.75%. This was totally unexpected.
A big day in the markets is an understatement to this event.
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Here is a chart that captures the bounce after the fall:
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