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  • Davos '15: Gates, Soros, Pharrell to tackle crises Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    An armed member of the Swiss Police watches from the roof of the Hotel Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

    Back on this week, the World Economic Forum in Davos is as big as ever with lofty ambitions to match.

  • Forget Switzerland: These banks will be hit by SNB Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    Pedestrians walk near the Swiss National Bank headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.

    Switzerland’s scrapping of its currency cap could knock Swiss bank earnings by 10-15 percent, but financial firms in nearby countries may be worse hit.

  • Is gold the ultimate safe haven?   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 4:20 AM ET
    Is gold the ultimate safe haven?

    Is gold still a safe haven? Mark O'Byrne, executive and research director at GoldCore, seems to think so, saying that the Swiss National Bank's recent decision was the "icing on the cake" to show how gold thrives in a volatile environment.

  • Should you try to catch the falling Swiss knife? Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 8:38 PM ET
    People queue outside a currency exchange office in Geneva, January 16, 2015.

    Switzerland's stock market dived after its central bank de-pegged its currency from the euro, but it's not time to bargain hunt yet, analysts said.

  • Expect more SNB intervention in Swiss franc: Pro   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 AM ET
    Expect more SNB intervention in Swiss franc: Pro

    Michael Gallagher, director of research at IDEAGlobal, says the Swiss National Bank will be comfortable with a euro/Swiss franc level of 1.10 euros and will intervene in the foreign exchange market to push the currency to that level.

  • Central Bank of Sweden's policy outlook for 2015   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 7:36 PM ET
    Central Bank of Sweden: Inflation is a worry

    Stefan Ingves, Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, the Central Bank of Sweden, describes the bank's interest rate policy for the year ahead.

  • CFTC: Will review regulations after SNB move   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 7:15 PM ET
    CFTC: Will review regulations after SNB move

    Tim Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, says the move taken by the Swiss National Bank last week was extremely unusual.

  • SNB was right not to warn markets: Westpac   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 5:18 PM ET
    SNB was right not to warn markets: Westpac

    Sean Callow, Senior Currency Strategist at Westpac Bank, explains why the Swiss National Bank chose not to give markets a hint before announcing the removal of the currency cap.

  • Fallout from the Swiss franc shocker: Gartman Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 5:13 PM ET
    An employee counts a stack of multiple denomination Swiss franc bank notes in this arranged photograph inside a currency exchange store in London on Jan. 16, 2015.

    Dennis Gartman, along with Deutsche Bank's David Bianco, talk about who is hurt by the Swiss central bank's move.

  • SNB: A brief 'tumultuous' move   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    SNB: A brief 'tumultuous' move

    Discussing the recent SNB decision, Brent Jaciow, chief investment officer at Pilotage Private Wealth says he was initially "shocked," however this could be a "signal" that "QE is coming."

  • US: The knight in shining armour?   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 5:50 AM ET
    US: The knight in shining armour?

    Scott Shellady, CEO of Bull Reef Brokerage at TJM Investments, says that central banks are "not in cahoots" anymore, and that they expect the U.S. to be their "saviour."

  • Swiss franc: Renewed weakness ahead   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Swiss franc: Renewed weakness ahead

    Phyllis Papadavid, senior global FX strategist at BNP Paribas, says, "it's not clear if we've reached an equilibrium yet" on the Swiss franc, but that the European Central Bank's upcoming decision will be very important.

  • SNB: The impact on Swiss companies   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:15 AM ET
    SNB: The impact on Swiss companies

    What can we expect from Swiss companies now? Robert Waldschmidt, analyst of consumer goods at Liberum, says that pricing decisions will be "critical" for businesses like Nestle and Swatch.

  • SNB: Central bankers have 'a license to lie'   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:10 AM ET
    SNB: Central bankers have 'a license to lie'

    The Swiss National Bank's move has destroyed its credibility, according to Anatole Kaletsky, co-founder and chief economist at Gavekal Dragonomics. He said the next move of the ECB's Mario Draghi will be critical, as people do not trust central bankers anymore.

  • SNB's 'unprecedented' move   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    SNB's 'unprecedented' move

    Jonathan Webb, head of FX strategy at Jefferies Bache, describes the Swiss National Bank's decision to drop its currency peg as extremely unprecedented.

  • SNB's move has wide-ranging shockwaves   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    SNB's move has wide-ranging shockwaves

    The Swiss National Bank's surprise decision has impacted Eastern Europe -- and Poland and Austria especially -- says Timothy Ash, head of EM research at Standard Bank.

  • How to play central bank race to bottom: Jim Grant Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:37 PM ET
    Jim Grant

    The move by the Swiss on its currency is proof that something noisy happens when "meddling" by central banks ends, Jim Grant told CNBC.

  • Europe ends sharply higher; Swiss stocks slide   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Europe ends sharply higher; Swiss stocks slide

    European equities rallied after a volatile session of trade on Thursday to close sharply higher, following action from the Swiss National Bank.

  • SNB decision was a 'curious move'   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    SNB decision was a 'curious move'

    The Swiss National Bank's latest decision comes at a "curious" time, just as the European Central Bank has its first meeting of the year where it's expected to announce a bond-buying scheme. Peter Rosenstreich, chief FX analyst at Swissquote Bank discusses the Swiss Franc currency.

  • Is the SNB still trustworthy?   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Is the SNB still trustworthy?

    The job of a central bank is to "lead you into battle" and then "change their plans," says Sebastien Galy, senior currency strategist at Societe Generale.