What does artificially pegging your currency through 4+ years of central bank manipulation get you?
In our lifetime there has never been a day like today. Years from now when a currency moves 300 pips (which used to be a big move) traders will be like "remember when the Franc moved over 2,000 pips in just a few hours back in 2015?". Its truly a historic day, and not for good reasons... at least as far as I am concerned.
The Swiss decided to wave the white flag today and end years of artificial price fixing of their currency. For us mere mortals manipulating the price of something would likely land us in jail, for a central bank its just another day of lining their pockets. Heck three years ago the head of the Swiss Bank's wife was front running all the currency manipulation. Today's massive move, historic move, once in a lifetime move.... what are the odds some Swiss Bankers wife wasn't front running it?
2,000 pips. That is a number you see over the course of years, and even that stretched out over years, is a strong move. Picture the $SPY one trading session dropping $30 one day in an instant for no reason. Or the DJIA falling 4,000 points in a flash. For anyone who hasn't traded currencies, or hasn't a clue about them, this move is beyond big. It's beyond mind boggling. And to me it epitomizes all that is wrong about the Central Banks today.
Today's Swiss Franc move basically shows what happens when a Central Bank throws in the towel. After almost four years the SNB said.... 'that's it we will no longer manipulate our currency to stay at the 1.2 level with the Euro.' What happened next was historic.
What's almost more surprising is that after an initial tumble, stocks traded higher on this news. Finally later in the session investors started to come to their senses.
2,000 PIPS. It still is tough to comprehend. Again picture the DOW moving 4,000 points and the media just giving it a cursory summary. Today's Swiss Franc move is a lot bigger than what they will tell you on the news. It's the start of Central Banks throwing in the towel. For once they are letting the free markets pick the prices.... and if today's action is any indication, we are in for a world of hurt.
4 thoughts on “I’ll Take The Best Way To Wreck The Global Economy for 2,000 PIPS Alex”
Great post UPB… Thanks!
I don’t remember the year but boy do I remember the 35k I lost the week that Brazilian currency was set afloat… it wasn’t like instant death on the day it happened but the week fell apart alone with 35k of pure profits plus the 5k I had invested in it to get to 35k… That was maybe what 12 maybe years ago something like that… Im just saying I remember what it did then and it wasn’t as important as this currency is now so…. who knows what next week holds, even if today bounces to a posititve
The GPB/JPY made 700 round trip pips in an overnight session a few times back in 2009 and 2010. The FED QE March 2009 announcement saw the USD/JPY plummet some 350 pips in minutes. These currencies were a market, they moved. The Swiss set the 1.20 level, protected it and gave the market every reason to believe it was going to stay there, Central Banks are supposed to provide stability. Incompetence? I can’t find a word that describes the actions of the Swiss. Arrogance? Ignorance? I think the dust will take a while to settle on this one.