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Swiss National Bank FX Assets Explode In Failed Intervention Attempts To Tame Swiss Franc





The SNB has released provisional data indicating FX investments on its balance sheet have exploded by 50% in just the last month, to CHF 232 billion from CHF 153 billion, is indicative of a rate of FX intervention in the market more than double the prior record set in April! All this has occurred as the SNB has tried to keep the EURCHF above 1.40. It has now officially failed at this attempt, as the Euro just hit a fresh all time low against the Franc of 1.3763. Furthermore, recent market talk indicates that the SNB will no longer directly intervene in the pair, thus confirming that there is likely much more room for CHF appreciation in the near term, and more pain for Eastern European countries, where the bulk of real estate bubble borrowing has been denominated in CHFs. In the meantime the side effects of consistent SNB intervention are hard to miss: the Swiss balance sheet has increased to 3 times its pre-2009 average. Unlike the US, it is not loaded up with toxic GSE filth but merely with currencies increasingly backed by such filth, such as euros.

 
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Is The Swiss National Bank Using UBS To Launder Its Euro Purchases?





Libor keeps rising as the short-term funding situation in Europe gets worse by the day: today USD Libor hit 0.50969%, a change of 0.01281% from Friday, the first time this metric has pushed over 0.5% in about nine months. The Libor reporting dispersion among BBA member banks has actually tightened marginally from last week, with one notable outlier: UBS. Of the 15 banks that report both USD and EUR-based LIBOR, all disclose a higher offer rate for EUR Libor except for UBS! The Swiss bank is a blatant outlier, in that its disclosed EUR Libor rate of 0.4850% is in fact 10% lower than its USD Libor. Just how big are the dollar funding needs of UBS, which many see as an "open market operations" vehicle for the SNB, a bank which it is no secret is now openly intervening in FX markets, and thus likely has provided a lifeline to UBS to provide this lower EUR Libor rate compared to US Libor. So how would the circle jerk go: SNB buys EUR in the open market (causing massive destruction in the EURCHF and GBPCHF pairs), then the excess euro holdings are funneled back into the market via a much cheaper EUR lending rate in the 3M funding market (LIBOR) compared to all other banks: the UBS 3M EUR Libor rate is a whopping 30% below the average EUR Libor rate of 0.6344%, nearly double the spread from average of the next lowest EUR Libor offer, that of RBS at 0.56%.

 
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The Swiss National Bank Wishes You A Happy Holiday





Interestingly enough some customers asked me yesterday my opinion on EURCHF, and my opinion was: it's a fallin knife, and every time it reverses the market posts a bullish engulfing day. My thinking was also that despite some short interest in Euroswiss, there is very little priced in for Swiss rates, and a suprise would most likely come on the hawkish side, which would add to downside pressure. Therefore a reversal was most likely going to be driven by intervention. Little did I expect we would see that today! - Nic Lenoir

 
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Swiss National Bank Set To Intervene As CHF Hits All Time High Against Euro





Everyone's favorite openly interventionist central bank (no, not the Fed: Bernanke is all about covert market manipulation) the SNB is about to pull the mother of all Swiss Franc dumps, as the CHF has just hit an all time high against the euro. And when that happens, the one currency that everyone loves to forget is about to get some seismic shocks. Also Mr. Bigglesworth (aka Ben Bernanke) gets upset, and tress die. It is perfectly logical that Soros-lites all over the world are currently loading up on cheap CHF straddles in anticipation of a UK 1990's redux. The race to the currency bottom is now in the second lap.

 
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Swiss National Bank Accelerates Downside Currency Intervention, Raises To Bernanke





It was just a matter of time before the sensible banks (read, not some fossilized dinosaur out of Japan who apparently does not realize what a strong Yen means for his country's trade surplus) told Bernanke: "basta." The latest on the currency intervention front comes courtesy of Switzerland, where the Swiss bank has again sold a boatload of CHFs to prevent the United States from being the only country hell bent on destroying its own national currency.

 
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Swiss National Bank Discloses Further Intervention Possible





Developing story: The Swiss - US monetary war is now officially on.

And in other news, documents obtained by the US House Committee indicate apparent dissension among senior Fed officials about BOFA bailout, impact on Fed's bal. sheet. Obama soon to nominate BB for Dictator Czar (yes, yes, I get it).

 
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Swiss National Bank Discloses Further Intervention Possible





Developing story: The Swiss - US monetary war is now officially on.

And in other news, documents obtained by the US House Committee indicate apparent dissension among senior Fed officials about BOFA bailout, impact on Fed's bal. sheet. Obama soon to nominate BB for Dictator Czar (yes, yes, I get it).
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