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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q2 2019

Current Account Key figures: Current Account: Down 2.07% against Q2/2018 to 21.3 bn. CHF of which Goods Trade Balance: Minus 1.52% against Q2/2018 to 14.24 bn. of which the Services Balance: Plus 0.85% to 4.72 bn. of which Investment Income: Minus 1.67% to 10.61 bn. CHF. Current Account Switzerland Q2 2019(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account, Switzerland Financial Account, ) Source: snb.ch...

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q1 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,...

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

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...

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Swiss balance of payments and international investment position: Q3 2018

Current Account Key figures: Current Account: Down 35.7% against Q3/2017 to 14.6 bn. CHF of which Goods Trade Balance: Down 23.9% against Q3/2017 to 10.5 bn. of which the Services Balance: Plus 8.7% to 5.0 bn. of which Investment Income: Minus 39.7% to 7.6 bn. CHF. Current Account Switzerland Q3 2018(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account,...

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q2 2018

Current Account Key figures: Current Account: Up 27.0% against Q1/2018 to 22.1 bn. CHF of which Goods Trade Balance:  Up 4.8% against Q1/2018 to 15.2 bn. of which the Services Balance: Minus 20.6% to 4.6 bn. of which Investment Income: Plus 107.7% to 10.7 bn. CHF. Current Account Switzerland Q2 2018(see more posts on Switzerland Balance of Payments, Switzerland Capital Account, Switzerland Current Account,...

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q1 2018

Current Account The current account surplus amounted to CHF 18 billion, a CHF 5 billion increase over the year-back quarter. It was calculated as the sum of all receipts (CHF 149 billion) minus the sum of all expenses (CHF 131 billion). Key figures: Current Account: Up 41% against Q1/2017 to 18.1 bn. CHF of which Goods Trade Balance:  Up 62.7% against Q1/2017 to 15.1 bn. of which the Services Balance: Minus 6.2% to...

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Swiss Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Q4 2017 and review of the year 2017

Q4 2017 In the fourth quarter of 2017, the current account surplus amounted to CHF 20 billion, or CHF 2 billion less than the year -back quarter. Lower receipts from investment income resulted in a slight expenses surplus on primary income (labour and investment income), which had shown a receipts surplus in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Moreover, the expenses surplus on secondary income (current transfers) rose....

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Disentangling the Swiss current account

Following the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) publication of Switzerland’s balance of payments data for Q4 2017, in this note we look deeper into the Swiss current account to try to find out why Switzerland persistently runs a surplus and whether or not the current account balance can be used to assess the fair value of the Swiss franc. In 2017, the current account surplus stood at around 9.8% of GDP or CHF66bn. This was...

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Disentangling the Swiss current account

Switzerland’s high current account surplus is far from being a good proxy for assessing the fair value of the Swiss franc.Switzerland has run a current account surplus since the 1980s. In 2017, it stood at around 9.8% of GDP, CHF66bn. This was CHF4bn higher than in 2016.Economic theory suggests that a large current account surplus is a function of an undervalued currency. Based on this premise, there may be question marks over the SNB’s contention that the Swiss franc as “overvalued”.In a...

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Disentangling the Swiss current account

Switzerland’s high current account surplus is far from being a good proxy for assessing the fair value of the Swiss franc.Switzerland has run a current account surplus since the 1980s. In 2017, it stood at around 9.8% of GDP, CHF66bn. This was CHF4bn higher than in 2016.Economic theory suggests that a large current account surplus is a function of an undervalued currency. Based on this premise, there may be question marks over the SNB’s contention that the Swiss franc was “overvalued”.In a...

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