SNB’s Danthine: traders wrong to paint Swiss franc surge as black swan

The Swiss National Bank's Jean Pierre Danthine
Jean-Pierre Danthine, Swiss National Bank

Market participants are "narrow-minded" to suggest a dramatic surge in the value of the Swiss franc was impossible to predict, says Jean-Pierre Danthine, vice-chairman of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB).

After the SNB chose to end the euro/Swiss franc exchange rate floor on January 15, a number of traders, risk managers and executives described the resulting leap in the value of the franc as anything up to a 300 standard deviation move. In January, the chief financial

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