Category Archive: 1) SNB and CHF

UBS Reportedly Re-Starts Layoffs After “Doubling” One Time Bonuses To Some Associates

On one hand, UBS seems hell bent on keep its new Gen Z employees who have recently been promoted to associate positions. After all, it was just hours ago that we wrote about how the bank was showering some newly promoted employees with one-time $40,000 bonuses.

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UBS, Desperate To Retain Talent, Now Offering $40,000 Bonuses To Newly Promoted Associates

It looks like the hiring (and retention) shortage isn't just for rank-and-file minimum wage jobs.UBS has now said that, amidst historic competition and a "retention crisis" in the investment banking world (which we noted weeks ago), it is going to pay a one time $40,000 bonus to its global banking analysts when they are promoted.

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Weekly SNB Sight Deposits and Speculative Positions: SNB buying euros at high prices

Update May 10 2021: SNB intervening. Sight Deposits have risen by +3.6 bn CHF, this means that the SNB is intervening and buying Euros and Dollars: The change is +3.6 bn. compared to last week.

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Credit Suisse Hires Former Prime Brokerage Head To Restore Business After Archegos Blowup

After firing a raft of senior employees including its head of risk, Lara Warner, Credit Suisse has been struggling to move past a series of major risk-management failures that together could cost the bank $10 billion, or more, though the final tally of losses from the Archegos blowup isn't yet known as the bank weighs whether it should cover some client losses associated with the "low risk" trade-finance funds that collapsed earlier this year.

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Gold Is Laughing At Powell

Authored by Matthew Piepenburg via GoldSwitzerland.com,Recently, my colleague, Egon von Greyerz, and I had some unabashed yet blunt fun calling out the staggering levels of open hypocrisy and policy desperation unleashed by former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan.Poor Alan was an easy target of what I described as the “patient zero” of the reckless interest rate suppression and unbridled monetary expansion policies of the Fed which have always led to...

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The $3 Trillion Hidden Exposure Behind The Archegos Blowup

Authored by Nick Dunbar of Risky FinanceWhen the family office Archegos Capital abruptly imploded in late March, prompting $50 billion in block trades and $10 billion in losses at Credit Suisse, Nomura, UBS and Morgan Stanley, many bank analysts were taken by surprise. Last week, many of these analysts sounded frustrated listening to Credit Suisse’s earnings call in which senior management skirted round without giving any real detail about the...

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Swiss Financial Accounts: Household wealth in 2020 and focus article

Financial and real estate wealth of households increases. The Swiss National Bank is today publishing data on Q4 2020 as part of the financial accounts. Thus, household wealth data are now also available for the full year.

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Astrid Frey appointed new SNB delegate for regional economic relations for Central Switzerland

With effect from 1 May 2021, Astrid Frey will take on the function of Swiss National Bank delegate for regional economic relations for the Central Switzerland region. She succeedsGregor Bäurle, who assumed the posit ion of Head of the SNB’s Regional Economic Relations unit on 1 January 2021.

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Recall of banknotes from eighth series

The Swiss National Bank is recalling its eighth-series banknotes as of 30 April 2021. From this date on, the banknotes from the eighth series lose their status as legal tender and can no longer be used for payment purposes.

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UBS erwartet 40 Milliarden Franken SNB-Gewinn

Die Frankenschwäche sowie der anhaltende Aufwärtstrend an den Aktienmärkten haben zum voraussichtlichen Gewinn der SNB beigetragen. (Bild: Shutterstock.com/MDart10)Am kommenden Donnerstag wird die Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB) ihr Finanzergebnis für das erste Quartal 2021 präsentieren. Die UBS erwartet für diesen Zeitraum einen SNB-Gewinn von rund 40 Mrd.

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2021-04-23 – U.S. dollar liquidity-providing operations from 1 July 2021

In view of the sustained improvements in U.S. dollar funding conditions and low demand at recent U.S. dollar liquidity-providing operations, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank and the Swiss National Bank, in consultation with the Federal Reserve, have jointly decided to discontinue offering dollar liquidity at the 84-day maturity.

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“Die Schattenseiten von Schuldenbremsen (The Dark Side of Debt Limits),” ifoSD, 2021

Was Schuldengrenzen aus politökonomischer Sicht besonders attraktiv erscheinen lässt – ihre vermeintliche Einfachheit und Klarheit – birgt also auch Risiken. Es führt dazu, dass Politiker und ihre Wähler die Solidität der Staatsfinanzen über Gebühr an expliziten Bruttoschulden messen.

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COVID-19, financial markets and digital transformation

In many ways, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. The economic shock has been global and massive, affecting both economic supply and demand simultaneously. To mitigate the economic impact, the crisis response has had to be swift and innovative - including in Switzerland.

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Credit Suisse Dumping Huge Archegos Blocks; Liquidating Millions In VIACS, VIPS And FTCH

Literally moments ago we said that the Archegos portoflio was being sold off all day on fears of "stealth" prime broker deleveraging, as tens of millions of shares were yet to be accounted for.

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Anlagepolitik der SNB laut Studie wenig nachhaltig

Der Vergleich der Klimaschutzanstrengungen verschiedener Zentralbanken zeige, dass die SNB im internationalen Vergleich der G20-Staaten lediglich 24 von 130 Punkten erreiche, heisst es in einem Communiqué vom Mittwoch. Damit lande die SNB auf dem achten Rang hinter Ländern wie China, Brasilien und den europäischen Nachbarländern.

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Swiss balance of payments and international investment position: 2020 and Q4 2020

The current account surplus in 2020 was CHF 27 billion, down CHF 22 billion on the previous year. This decline was particularly due to the lower receipts surpluses in trade in goods and services. In the case of goods, the decline in receipts – with expenses remaining unchanged – caused the balance to decrease by CHF 11 billion to CHF 64 billion.

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Geldpolitik – Prognose: SNB-Zinserhöhung frühestens in zwei Jahren

Ungeachtet der jüngsten Abschwächung des Frankens dürfte die Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB) am Donnerstag bei ihrer vierteljährlichen geldpolitischen Lagebeurteilung an ihrem Leitzins von minus 0,75 Prozent festhalten, prognostizieren alle 35 von Reuters befragte Wirtschaftsexperten. Auch die Sichteinlagen von Banken bei der Notenbank ab einem gewissen Freibetrag dürften weiterhin mit einer Gebühr von 0,75 Prozent belastet werden. "Die SNB...

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Gut gelaunte Finanzmärkte bescheren SNB einen Gewinn von 20,9 Mrd. Fr.

Auch wenn der Gewinn 2020 der SNB von 20,9 Mrd. Fr. nicht an den Vorjahreswert von 48,9 Mrd. Fr. heranreicht, ist es im historischen Vergleich ein überdurchschnittliches, ja sehr üppiges Resultat. Der Gewinn der SNB korreliert stark mit dem Verlauf an den Finanzmärkten, und deren freundlicher Verlauf trug der Nationalbank auch im vergangenen Jahr hohe Bewertungsgewinne ein.

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Swiss National Bank profits cut in half by Covid

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) recorded a profit of CHF20.9 billion (almost $23 billion) in 2020, less than half of the CHF48.9 billion it made in 2019.

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The Swiss National Bank reports a profit of CHF 20.9 billion for 2020 (2019: CHF 48.9 billion).

The Swiss National Bank reports a profit of CHF 20.9 billion for 2020 (2019: CHF 48.9 billion). The profit on foreign currency positions amounted to CHF 13.3 billion. A valuation gain of CHF 6.6 billion was recorded on gold holdings. The profit on Swiss franc positions was CHF 1.3 billion.

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