Andréa M Maechler: Introductory remarks, Swiss National Bank news conference

Introductory remarks by Ms Andréa M Maechler, Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, at the Media News Conference of the Swiss National Bank, Berne, 16 June 2022.

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

Central bank speech  | 
20 June 2022

I will begin my remarks with a review of developments on the financial markets over the past half-year. I would then like to discuss the lowering of the threshold factor mentioned by Thomas Jordan.

Situation on the financial markets

Volatility on the financial markets has increased again significantly since the beginning of the year (cf. chart 1). This was driven by the sharp rise in inflation abroad and by attendant expectations regarding a speedier tightening of monetary policy – especially in the US. Indeed, the Fed has already raised the target range for its federal funds rate in several increments and signalled its intention to increase rates further. In addition, the war in Ukraine and the associated sanctions have exacerbated existing supply bottlenecks and led to surges in energy and commodity prices. These developments have dampened growth expectations and increased uncertainty on the financial market.