Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155740
Authors: 
Berhold, Kerstin
Stadtmann, Georg
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, European University Viadrina, Department of Business Administration and Economics 391
Abstract: 
We examine the reasons why the SNB gave up the lower floor of the 1.20 CHF/EUR exchange rate arrangement. Three types of shocks played a role: Exogenous shocks to the autonomous component of money demand, interest rate decreases of the ECB, as well as appreciation expectations. In order to defend these shocks the SNB intervened heavily in the foreign exchange market. This led to an accumulation of reserves of central bank's balance sheet of the size of 80 % of Swiss GDP. Interestingly, the SNB did not lower the interest rate into the negative range during the time period where the peg was in place. Hence, the SNB did not defend the peg "whatever it takes".
Subjects: 
Foreign exchange market
Swiss crisis
UIP
Currency crisis
JEL: 
E52
E58
E42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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