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  • 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.

  • Ending the Swiss peg: What it really means Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    A man holds a 100 Swiss franc bank note in front of an ATM in Bern.

    The Swiss National Bank's move to break the franc away from its set value against the euro stunned financial markets and has substantial real-world effects.

  • A Swiss bombshell: Why the franc soared 30% Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:21 AM ET
    An employee exchanges one hundred euro notes for Swiss francs, right, at a currency exchange in Effretikon, near Zurich, Switzerland.

    The reason for the Swiss decision: It was getting very expensive for the Swiss National Bank to defend that 1.20 level.

  • Cramer: Swiss move on franc is 'puzzling' Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    Jim Cramer on set of Mad Money

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says the Swiss National Bank's abandonment of its currency cap on the euro could be a scary sign.

  • What the Swiss franc shock means for markets Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 8:04 AM ET
    A woman takes a picture of a display showing the Swiss franc's exchange rate against the Euro and other currencies at the Swiss stock exchange in Zurich January 15, 2015.

    Dennis Gartman says the Swiss decision to abandon a key part of its monetary policy is the worst central bank move he's ever seen.

  • US investors eye the Swiss franc Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:50 AM ET
    US investors eye the Swiss franc

    Following the shock move by the Swiss National Bank to drop its euro peg, Larry McDonald from Newedge USA says U.S. investors are "definitely focused" on the swiss franc.

  • Reasons behind the SNB's decision Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Reasons behind the SNB's decision

    The Swiss National Bank has scrapped the franc's peg to the euro. Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, shares her thoughts on the move which has shocked markets.

  • SNB halts Euro-France Cap: Reaction Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    SNB halts Euro-France Cap: Reaction

    The Swiss National Bank has dropped its exchange rate cap with the euro and lowered its interest rate to -0.75 percent. Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, gives his and the market's current reaction.

  • How the Swiss franc shocked world markets Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    How the Swiss franc shocked world markets

    The Swiss National Bank took the world by surprise on Thursday by unpegging the Swiss franc from the euro. CNBC's Sara Eisen breaks down what happened.

  • Swiss National Bank sticks to its guns Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET
    Swiss banks stick to their guns

    The Swiss central bank kept its rates steady today. Thomas Jordan, Chairman of Swiss National Bank talked to CNBC, explaining its reasons.

  • Why gold just can’t win Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    If no one expected the Swiss vote forcing the central bank to hold more gold to succeed, why is gold tanking?

  • Maybe this central bank will bail out gold Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET
    A cyclist rides past the Swiss National Bank's headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.

    Blame gold's free fall on the Fed, but if a long-shot referendum passes it could be the Swiss National Bank that stops it.

  • Currency still needs exchange rate peg: SNB Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 11:10 AM ET
    Currency still needs exchange rate peg: SNB

    Thomas Jordan, chairman of the Swiss National Bank, discusses the appreciation of the Swiss franc and explains why the minimum exchange rate remains "absolutely necessary" for Switzerland.

  • Currency peg still 'absolutely necessary': SNB Chief Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 6:20 AM ET

    Switzerland's exchange rate peg against the euro remains "absolutely necessary", despite the upturn in the single currency, the head of the Swiss National Bank told CNBC.

  • DOJ to unveil program with Swiss banks Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 4:49 PM ET
    DOJ to unveil program with Swiss banks

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the DOJ expects to announce an agreement with the government of Switzerland in which certain Swiss banks could resolve the liability they may be facing in results of hiding American assets. Participating banks will have to provide the U.S. with full disclosure of activities.