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Swiss Keep Franc Intervention Threat Alive as Rates Left on Hold

  • SNB holds deposit rate at minus 0.75% as forecast by economist
  • Repeats pledge to intervene in foreign currency markets
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Switzerland’s central bank held interest rates at a record low and repeated its pledge to intervene in currency markets, a threat President Thomas Jordan has used to keep the franc from strengthening.

Describing the nation’s currency as “significantly overvalued,” the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at minus 0.75 percent on Thursday, as expected by all economists in a Bloomberg survey. It cut both its growth and inflation forecast for 2016 and now sees prices dropping 0.8 percent this year.