von Schweinitz, Gregor Tonzer, Lena Buchholz, Manuel
[Journal:] International Review of Finance [ISSN:] 1468-2443 [Volume:] [Issue:] Early View Articles
John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Melbourne
The Swiss National Bank abolished the exchange rate floor versus the Euro in January 2015. Using a synthetic matching framework, we analyze the impact of this unexpected (and therefore exogenous) policy change on the stock market. The results reveal a significant level shift (decline) in asset prices following the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate. As a novel finding in the literature, we document that the exchange‐rate elasticity of Swiss asset prices is around −0.75. Differentiating between sectors of the Swiss economy, we find that the industrial, financial and consumer goods sectors are most strongly affected by the abolition of the minimum exchange rate.