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George Dorgan (penname) predicted the end of the EUR/CHF peg at the CFA Society and at many occasions on SeekingAlpha.com and on this blog. Several Swiss and international financial advisors support the site. These firms aim to deliver independent advice from the often misleading mainstream of banks and asset managers. George is FinTech entrepreneur, financial author and alternative economist. He speak seven languages fluently.

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Swiss Trade Balance Q4 2019: Secondary sector shows positive growth rates again

4 days ago

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in January 2020: -1.0 percent YoY, unchanged MoM

10 days ago

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
14.02.2020 – The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in January 2020 compared with the previous month. The index stood at

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Swiss Trade Balance December 2019: Chemistry-pharma propels foreign trade 2019 to new heights

27 days ago

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in December 2019: -1.7 percent YoY, +0.1 percent MoM

January 17, 2020

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
17.01.2020 – The Producer and Import Price Index rose in December 2019 by 0.1% compared with the previous month, reaching 100.7 points

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q3 2019

December 20, 2019

Current Account
In summary: Nearly any change against the third quarter of 2018. About the same figures. But clearly and – as usual – a massive surplus.

Key figures:
Current Account: Up 39.15% against Q3/2018 to 18.09 bn. CHF
of which Goods Trade Balance: Plus 49.78% against Q3/2018 to 16.76 bn.
of which the Services Balance: Minus 12.94% to 5.25 bn.
of which Investment Income: Plus 25.74% to 5.08 bn. CHF.

Current Account Switzerland Q3 2019(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account, Switzerland Financial Account, ) Source: snb.ch – Click to enlarge

Financial account
The following is from the official press release and gives more details on the other parts of the financial account.

Net

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q3 2019

December 20, 2019

Current Account
In summary: Nearly any change against the third quarter of 2018. About the same figures. But clearly and – as usual – a massive surplus.

Key figures:
Current Account: Up 39.15% against Q3/2018 to 18.09 bn. CHF
of which Goods Trade Balance: Plus 49.78% against Q3/2018 to 16.76 bn.
of which the Services Balance: Minus 12.94% to 5.25 bn.
of which Investment Income: Plus 25.74% to 5.08 bn. CHF.

Current Account Switzerland Q3 2019(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account, Switzerland Financial Account, ) – Click to enlarge

Financial account
The following is from the official press release and gives more details on the other parts of the financial account.

Net acquisition of

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Swiss Trade Balance November 2019: Foreign trade continues to contract

December 19, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in November 2019: -2.5 percent YoY, -0.4 percent MoM

December 12, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
12.12.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in November 2019 by 0.4% compared with the previous month, reaching 100.5 points

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Swiss Trade Balance October 2019: exports fall but remain stable

November 19, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in October 2019: -2.4 percent YoY, -0,2 percent MoM

November 14, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?

14.11.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in October 2019 by 0.2% compared with the previous month, reaching 100.9 points

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ETF List

November 3, 2019

Area
Index
Price orPerformance index
Type
Funds
ISIN
Methode
Ausschüttungsart
Spread Okt 19
KGV
KBV
 Titelzahl Fonds
Tielzahl Benchmark
Vola
5J
Agio
TER
Disagio
Bemerkung

Small Caps

MSCI EM SM
GDTR
Smart Beta: Small
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap
UCITS ETF
IE00B48X4842
Optimized Sampling
Thesaurierend
0,50%
12,33
1,24
1472

17,1%
0%
0,55%
0%
China 11%

Europa
MSCI Europe Small Cap Value Weighted Index
NDTR
Smart Beta: Small, Value Weighted
SPDR® MSCI Europe Small Cap Value Weighted
UCITS ETF
IE00BSPLC298
Optimized Sampling
Thesaurierend

11,76
1,09
723
939
12,33%
0%
0,30%
0%

WisdomTreeJapanSmallCapDividendIndex

Smart Beta: Small, Dividend
WisdomTreeJapan SmallCap Dividend UCITS ETF –

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Swiss Trade Balance Q3 2019: exports still rising thanks to chemistry-pharma

October 17, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in September 2019: -2.0 percent YoY, -0,3 percent MoM

October 15, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
15.10.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in September 2019 by 0.3% compared with the previous month, reaching 101.1 points

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October 2, 2019

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Swiss Trade Balance August 2019: the decline in exports continues

September 20, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in August 2019: -1.9 percent YoY, -0,2 percent MoM

September 12, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?

12.09.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in August 2019 by 0.2% compared with the previous month, reaching 101.4 points

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Swiss Trade Balance July 2019: foreign trade decelerates in July 2019

August 20, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on the U.S. currency manipulation watch list.
To

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in July 2019: -1.7 percent YoY, -0.1 percent MoM

August 15, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
15.08.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell by 0.1% in July 2019 compared with the previous month, reaching 101.6 points

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SNB reports a profit of CHF 38.5 billion for the first half of 2019.

July 31, 2019

The increasing volatility of SNB Earnings
Annual results are not really definite. Given that the SNB accumulates foreign currencies with interventions, they have huge swings.
But the SNB may lose 50 billion in one year and win 60 billion in the next year or vice verse.
Good years of the Credit Cycle
This trend was stopped in 2016, even without the need for a cap on the franc. But one should consider that we are in the good years of the credit cycle now. Bad quarters like the one in Q4/2018 are rare now.

Franc will rise again with crisis or inflation
With a new financial crisis or a with a big rise of inflation, the run into the Swiss franc will start again.
And this at an exchange rate that is not digestible for

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Swiss Trade Balance Q2 2019: the positive trend continues to export

July 18, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q1 2019

June 24, 2019

Current Account

Key figures:
Current Account: Up 2.35% against Q1/2018 to 17.2 bn. CHF
of which Goods Trade Balance:  Minust 0.62% against Q1/2018 to 15.9 bn.
of which the Services Balance: Plus 21.1% to 6.8 bn.
of which Investment Income: Plus 5.8% to 3.5 bn. CHF.
 

Current Account Switzerland Q1 2019(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account, Switzerland Financial Account, ) Source: snb.ch – Click to enlarge

Financial account
The following is from the official press release and gives more details on the other parts of the financial account.

Net acquisition of financial assets
The assets side of the financial account registered a total

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in May 2019: -0.8 percent YoY, unchanged MoM

June 13, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
13.06.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in May 2019 compared

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in April 2019: -0.6 percent YoY, unchanged MoM

May 14, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
14.05.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in April 2019

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SNB Results: Big Win After Big Loss in Q4 2018

April 25, 2019

The increasing volatility of SNB Earnings
Annual results are not really definite. Given that the SNB accumulates foreign currencies with interventions, they have huge swings.
But the SNB may lose 50 billion in one year and win 60 billion in the next year or vice verse.
Good years of the Credit Cycle
This trend was stopped in 2016, even without the need for a cap on the franc. But one should consider that we are in the good years of the credit cycle now. Bad quarters like the one in Q4/2018 are rare now.

Franc will rise again with crisis or inflation
With a new financial crisis or a with a big rise of inflation, the run into the Swiss franc will start again.
And this at an exchange rate that is not digestible for

Read More »

Swiss Trade Balance Q1 2019: Foreign trade at a high level

April 18, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in March 2019: -0.2 percent YoY, +0.3 percent MoM

April 16, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
15.04.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index increased in March 2019 by 0.3% compared

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q4 2018 and review of the year 2018

March 25, 2019

Key developments in 2018
The current account surplus for 2018 was CHF 71 billion, CHF 26 billion more than in the previous year. Changes in primary income (labour and investment income) had the greatest impact: Whereas one year earlier an expenses surplus of CHF 9 billion was recorded, owing to exceptionally large expenses for direct investment receipts in 2017, in the year under review there was a receipts surplus amounting to CHF 3 billion. The receipts surplus in goods trade increased by CHF 7 billion to CHF 57 billion. This was attributable mainly to higher receipts from merchanting. The receipts surplus from trade in services rose by CHF 2 billion to CHF 20 billion. Secondary income (current transfers)

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Swiss Trade Balance February 2019: New Peak of Exports

March 20, 2019

We do not like Purchasing Power or Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) as measurement for currencies. For us, the trade balance decides if a currency is overvalued. Only the trade balance can express productivity gains, while the REER assumes constant productivity in comparison to trade partners.
Who has read Michael Pettis, knows that a rising trade surplus may also be caused by a higher savings rate while the trade partners decided to spend more. This is partially true. Recently Europeans started to increase their savings rate, while Americans reduced it. This has led to a rising trade and current surplus for the Europeans. But also to a massive Swiss trade surplus with the United States, that lifted Switzerland on

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in February 2019: -0.7 percent YoY, +0.2 percent MoM

March 14, 2019

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?
14.03.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index increased in February 2019 by 0.2%

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SNB loses 15 billion in 2018

March 5, 2019

Overview
The SNB earned 2 billion on negative interest rates, but lost nearly 17 billion CHF on FX investments, of which 5 bn on bonds and 12 bn on stocks.

The increasing volatility of SNB Earnings
Annual results are not really definite. Given that the SNB accumulates foreign currencies with interventions, the results have huge swings that depends on the FX rate.
But the SNB may lose 50 billion in one year and win 60 billion in the next year or vice verse.
Franc will rise again with crisis or inflation
With a new financial crisis or a with a big rise of inflation, the run into the Swiss franc will start again.
And this at an exchange rate that is not digestible for the SNB.
We considered that after an inflationary

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