Verbal Interventions and Exchange Rate Policies: The Case of Swiss Franc Cap
Posted: 5 Jul 2016 Last revised: 3 Sep 2018
Date Written: August 14, 2018
We ask whether verbal interventions by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) affected market beliefs in the desired direction during the period from 2011 to 2015, when the SNB imposed a cap on the Swiss franc at 1.20 against the euro. A verbal intervention was a speech by a member of the SNB Governing Board containing the wording “utmost determination” and/or “unlimited quantities”. We show that these verbal interventions lowered option-based measures of uncertainty regarding the future value of euro/Swiss franc exchange rate and steered market beliefs toward franc depreciation, therefore reinforcing the credibility of the Swiss franc cap.
Keywords: Swiss franc, risk-neutral distribution, FX liquidity, verbal interventions
JEL Classification: E58, E44, G12
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