Swiss corporates suspend hedging after CHF spike

Treasurers take time out after removal of EUR/CHF cap

Swiss central bank abandons euro peg
Removal of currency cap has sparked turmoil

Swiss corporate treasurers have put foreign exchange hedging decisions on hold after the removal of the Swiss franc's 1.20 currency cap led to extreme volatility.

The Swiss central bank (SNB) decided to remove its 1.20 cap on the EUR/CHF rate on January 15, causing it to strengthen dramatically to 0.85, before closing at 0.97.

The extreme moves have made it difficult for companies to know how and whether to hedge, says Markus Bieri, head of corporate finance at technology company Avaloq

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