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Swiss sight deposit drop supports central bank policy shift

ZURICH, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Commercial bank deposits held overnight by the Swiss National Bank fell last week by their largest amount in more than 11 years, underscoring the latest stage of the central bank's shift towards a tighter monetary policy. Total sight deposits held by the SNB fell to 747.1 billion Swiss francs ($753.05 billion) from 754.5 billion francs, data showed on Monday, the biggest drop since weekly publication began in August 2011. The SNB declined to comment on the reasons for
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Euro, sterling plunge on soft business activity data, UK budget woes

* Euro hits fresh 20-year low vs dollar * Sterling falls to new 37-year trough * Dollar index is at 20-year high * Dollar/yen higher on the day, but markets still cautious By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The euro and sterling plummeted to fresh 20-year and 37-year lows against a surging U.S. dollar on Friday after surveys showed the downturn in business activity across the euro zone and Britain accelerated this month and the economies were likely entering a recession.
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Swiss National Bank ready for further steps to combat inflation - Jordan

LUCERNE, Switzerland, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank is ready to take further steps to fight inflation despite price rises in Switzerland being relatively modest compared to international peers, SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan said on Friday. Swiss inflation reached 3.5% in August, its highest level in nearly 30 years, albeit much lower than the 9.1% level seen in the eurozone, 9.9% level in Britain and 8.3% rate in the United States.
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Euro, sterling plunge on dour business activity data, UK mini-budget

* Euro hits fresh 20-year low vs dollar * Sterling falls to new 37-year trough * Dollar index is at 20-year high * Dollar/yen higher on the day, but markets still cautious By Joice Alves and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The euro and sterling plummeted to fresh 20-year and 37-year lows against a surging U.S. dollar on Friday after surveys showed the downturn in business activity across the euro zone and Britain accelerated this month and the economies were likely
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Yen rallies after Japan intervenes with first support since 1998

* "We have taken decisive action," says Japan's Kanda * Dollar still up 23% despite Japan intervention * Sterling, Swiss franc, Norway's crown slide after rate hikes * Dollar hits new multi-year high vs sterling, euro (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Alun John NEW YORK/LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Japanese yen soared across the board on Thursday after monetary authorities intervened in the foreign exchange market to boost the batte
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Yen surges after Japan intervenes with first support since 1998

* "We have taken decisive action," says Japan's Kanda * Dollar/yen has widest spread between daily high, low since 2016 * Sterling, Swiss franc, Norway's crown slide after rate hikes * Dollar hits new multi-year high vs sterling, euro By Alun John, Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Harry Robertson LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Japanese yen jumped across the board on Thursday after monetary authorities intervened in the foreign exchange market to boost the battered currency for the first ti
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Inflation outlook signals more tightening ahead - SNB's Jordan

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The outlook for Swiss inflation suggested more policy tightening by the Swiss National Bank is still to come, SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan said after the central bank hiked its policy rate by three-quarters of a point on Thursday, as expected. "If you look at our new conditional inflation forecast you see that there is a dynamic at the end of the forecasting horizon that goes upwards," he told a news conference.
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SNB ready to hike again if needed - Jordan

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank stands ready to increase interest rates further, Chairman Thomas Jordan said on Thursday, after the central bank exited an era of negative rates by hiking its policy interest rate 75 basis points to 0.5%. "It cannot be ruled out that further increases in the SNB policy rate will be necessary to ensure price stability over the medium term," Jordan said in remarks prepared for a speech after the monetary policy decision.
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Swiss National Bank exits negative rates era with 0.75% hike

* SNB raises policy rate by three-quarter point to 0.5% * Says cannot rule out more hikes if needed * Still ready to intervene on currency markets (Rewrites, adding economists' comments, background) By John Revill and Silke Koltrowitz ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Switzerland exited the era of negative interest rates on Thursday when its central bank joined others around the world in tightening monetary policy more aggressively to combat resurgent inflation.
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Swiss National Bank hikes interest rate by 75 basis points

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank raised its policy interest rate by 0.75 percentage point on Thursday - only the second increase in 15 years - as it joined other central banks in tightening monetary policy to curb rising prices. The SNB increased its policy rate to 0.5% from the minus 0.25% level it set in June. Previously Swiss rates had been frozen at minus 0.75% for years as the SNB tried to tame the appreciation of the Swiss franc.
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U.S. dollar soars to two-decade high as Fed flags more large hikes

* Euro slides to two-decade lows * Fed raises rates by 75 bps, as expected; flags more hikes By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a fresh two-decade high on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another 75 basis points and signalled more large increases at its upcoming meetings. Dollar gains were limited since the Fed decision was widely expected.
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U.S. dollar jumps to new two-decade high as Fed delivers big rate hike

* Dollar index hits fresh two-decade high * Euro slides to two-decade lows * Fed raises rates by 75 bps, as expected; flags more hikes By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a fresh two-decade high on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another 75 basis points, as expected, and signaled more large increases at its upcoming meetings.
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Dollar soars to two-decade high as Putin shakes FX market ahead of Fed

* Dollar index at two-decade high * Euro slides back toward two-decade lows * Putin announces partial troop mobilization for Ukraine * Markets gauging Fed hawkishness in Powell briefing By Dhara Ranasinghe and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a new two-decade high on Wednesday just ahead of another expected aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate hike, as investors fled for safety after a decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mobilize
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U.S. dollar advances before Fed decision; Swedish hike fails to boost crown

* Sweden's central bank hikes rates by 100 bps * U.S. rate hike in focus as Fed starts meeting on Tuesday * BOE, BOJ to make rate policy decisions on Thursday By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The dollar ascended close to a two-decade high on Tuesday, as investors geared up for another aggressive interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, the main focus in a week packed with central bank meetings.
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U.S. dollar gains ahead of Fed; Swedish crown falls after hike

* Sweden's central bank hikes rates by 100 bps * U.S. rate hike in focus as Fed starts meeting on Tuesday * BOE, BOJ to make rate policy decisions on Thursday By Alun John and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The dollar rose on Tuesday, trading near a two-decade high, as investors held firm on expectation of another aggressive rate hike by the Federal Reserve, the centerpiece of a week packed with central bank meetings.
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Swiss cut growth forecasts given energy risks and inflation

ZURICH, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The Swiss government significantly cut its economic growth forecasts on Tuesday, citing increasing risks from a "tense energy situation and sharp price increases". It now expects the country's economy to expand 2.0% this year, down from its June forecast for 2.6% growth. For 2023 the economy is expected to expand by 1.1%, down from the previous expectation of a 1.9% increase, the State Secretariat for Economic Affair (SECO) said.
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U.S. dollar sails higher as markets price in hefty Fed rate hike

(In 6th paragraph, corrects to show the dollar is on track in 2022 to post its largest yearly percentage gain in 38 years, not 18) * Markets in consolidation mode ahead of Fed policy decision * Fed funds futures price in 19% chance of 100-basis-point hike * China's yuan hits 26-month low against dollar * New Zealand dollar falls to lowest since May 2020 vs U.S.
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U.S. dollar advances as markets brace for hefty Fed rate hike

* Markets in consolidation mode ahead of Fed policy decision * Fed funds futures price in 21% chance of 100-basis-point hike * China's yuan hits new 26-month low against dollar * New Zealand dollar falls to lowest level since May 2020 By Dhara Ranasinghe and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The dollar gained against major currencies on Monday, trading within narrow ranges ahead of a slew of central bank meetings this week led by the Federal Reserve, which is likely t
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Dollar edges down but posts gains for week; yuan slips past key level

* Dollar gains against yen for week * Sterling hits new 37-yr low * All eyes on Fed next week * Ether, bitcoin down (Updates to late U.S. trading) By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The dollar index was down slightly on Friday but registered a gain for the week as investors expected the U.S. Federal Reserve to remain aggressive when it hikes interest rates next week, while China's yuan eased past the key threshold of 7 per dollar.
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Dollar near flat but on track for weekly gain; yuan slips past key level

* Dollar index near flat * Sterling hits new 37-yr low * All eyes on Fed next week (Updates to morning U.S. trading, changes dateline, prevous LONDON) By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The dollar index was near unchanged on Friday but was on track for a weekly gain as investors expected the U.S. Federal Reserve to remain aggressive when it hikes interest rates next week, while China's yuan eased past the key threshold of 7 per dollar.
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