Swiss corporates suspend hedging after Sfr spike

Swiss corporate treasurers are waiting for volatility to subside before deciding how to hedge exposure to a strengthening franc

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 currency cap led to extreme volatility. The Swiss central bank decided to remove its 1.20 cap on the €/Sfr rate yesterday, 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 Evolution in Zurich. "It

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