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The Swiss National Bank conducts the country’s monetary policy as an independent central bank. It is obliged by the Constitution and by statute to act in accordance with the interests of the country as a whole. Its primary goal is to ensure price stability, while taking due account of economic developments. In so doing, it creates an appropriate environment for economic growth.

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

16 days ago

Key developments in 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. While both receipts and expenses were substantially lower in the cyclically sensitive goods trade (special trade, total 1), this decline was offset on the expenses side by higher expenses for gold imports. In trade in services, receipts decreased more strongly than expenses, causing the balance to decline by CHF 8 billion to CHF 1 billion.

Current Account 2012-2020 – Click to enlarge
In the

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2021-01-08 – Swiss National Bank expects annual profit of around CHF 21 billion for 2020

January 8, 2021

Confederation and cantons to receive distribution of CHF 4 billion
According to provisional calculations, the Swiss National Ban k will report a profit in the order of CHF 21 billion for the 2020 financial year. The profit on foreign currency posi ti ons amounted to CHF 13 billion. A valuation gain of CHF 7 billion was recorded on gold holdings. The net r esult on Swiss franc posit ions amounted to over CHF 1 billion.
The allocation to the provisions for currency reserves will be CHF 6.3 billion. After taking into account the distribution reserve of CHF 84.0 billi on, the net profit will be in the region of CHF 98 billion. This will allow a dividend payment of CHF 15 per share, which corresponds to the legally stipulated maximum amount, as well as a profit

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