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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Fourth Quarter 2014 Market Review and Outlook

Aon Hewitt’s Asset Allocation team provides a 4Q 2014 Market Review and Outlook.

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Weekly Update - 26 January 2015 (UK/Europe)

The weekly update includes a listing of the new pieces of intellectual capital released the prior week, upcoming events, commentary on market experience over the prior week, and a discussion of economic releases during the upcoming week.

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Swiss franc abandons its ties to the euro – economic impact

On January 15th 2015 the Swiss National Bank abandoned its policy of keeping the Swiss franc from appreciating against the euro above CHF1.20. At the same time interest rates were cut from -0.25% to -0.75%. This creates some new challenges, but also some new opportunities.
 
The reasons for the SNB's actions have been widely reported, and the ECB have now released large volumes of Euros as expected – or perhaps more than expected.
 
A week on, markets are fairly similar to those at the end of trading on the 15th:

  • Swiss franc almost 20% higher against the euro, roughly equal value to the euro
  • Swiss equities around 10% down, similar to levels 12 months earlier
  • Swiss bonds rose, with 10 year bond yields now negative
These markets were broadly stable following the ECB's announcement.

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