Thomas Jordan: Introductory remarks, Swiss National Bank news conference

Introductory remarks by Mr Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, at the Media News Conference of the Swiss National Bank, Zurich, 17 December 2020.

The views expressed in this speech are those of the speaker and not the view of the BIS.

Central bank speech  | 
17 December 2020

Ladies and gentlemen

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Swiss National Bank's news conference. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, we can unfortunately only meet virtually today. The pandemic is placing a very heavy burden on people across the world, and Switzerland is no different. Our sympathies go in particular to those who have fallen ill themselves or who have lost relatives and friends.

In my remarks, I will begin by explaining our monetary policy decision and our assessment of the economic situation. I will then discuss the topic of climate change and the SNB. Fritz Zurbrügg will report on developments in the area of financial stability and the impact of the pandemic on the demand for banknotes. Andréa Maechler will then comment on the situation on the financial markets and will look at the upcoming replacement of the CHF Libor with SARON. We will – as ever – be pleased to take your questions afterwards.

Monetary policy decision

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have a strong adverse effect on the economy.