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New Pressure On SNB.

 March 14, 2012 02:48 PM


The Swiss National Bank holds policy meeting tomorrow, coming under new pressure to weaken domestic currency. Today, in a special session of the Swiss Parliament, many lawmakers urged the bank to take additional steps to combat Franc's recent revival. While the currency is nowhere near the levels from summer last year, some politicians expressed desire to the CHF at 1.40 against the Euro, calling that level "fair". Interestingly, though, they also stressed the importance of independent national bank.

We have to wait until tomorrow to see what steps, if any, the SNB will take, but following today's development clearly many traders expect some action. As things stand now, the interim chief Thomas Jordan could be officially nominated the chairman next month. Perhaps it is important that he shows some resolve in this matter. The focus is on the 1.20 floor in the EUR-CHF, which has been threatened lately. This changed today, as markets took the possibility of further weakening seriously and bought this pair heavily, sending it above 1.21.

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Earlier this week I suggested a long trade in the EUR-CHF, with entry at 1.2064. Trading ranges here were so tight, that a breakout soon was very likely. I was looking at the latest minor high as the entry level, with the objective at 1.2100. The trade worked out as planned, bringing 36 pips. Now I am going to wait and see what happens after the announcement tomorrow, before making more trades in this pair, or other CHF crosses for that matter.

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The GBP-NZD may be finally reversing its long-term downtrend. I had a good trade in this pair last week and not another potential buy is emerging. The price is rising fast, trying to reach the high of 1.9485. In a perfect world, I would like to see another pullback from that level before the eventual breakout happens. Meanwhile, I have buy order at 1.9505, with a target of 300 pips. Since this is the intermediate term chart, this trade can easily take days or eve a couple of weeks.

Mike K.

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