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SNB target range - Swiss central bank’s interest rate

Charts - historic SNB interest rates

Graph Swiss interest rate SNB - interest rates last year

Graph Swiss interest rate SNB - long-term graph

The current Swiss interest rate SNB (base rate) is -0.750 %

SNB - Swiss National Bank

DThe Swiss National Bank (SNB) is the central bank of Switzerland. Since 4 languages are spoken in Switzerland, the names of the bank in the various languages are as follows:
  • German: Schweizerische Nationalbank
  • French: Banque Nationale Suisse
  • Italian: Banca Nazionale Svizzera
  • Romansh: Banca Naziunala Svizra
The central bank pursues Swiss monetary policy as an independent central bank and issues Swiss francs. The SNB’s most important goals are to safeguard price stability, to prevent high levels of inflation or deflation, and to ensure a climate which is aimed at economic growth. The central bank has set an inflation target of no more than 2% a year for the medium to long term. For an overview of current inflation in Switzerland, click here

3 elements jointly make up the monetary policy of the Swiss national bank:
  • The SNB decides how price stability is defined.
  • The monetary policy measures are based on an inflation forecast for the medium term.
  • The central bank sets a target range for the reference interest rate, the 3 month Libor rate.

SNB target range for the 3 month Libor CHF

When reference is made to the Swiss interest rate dthis usually refers to the SNB target range for the 3 month LIBOR rate CHF. This base rate is also called the reference interest rate and is used by the Swiss central bank to guide the level of interest rates in the Swiss money market. The SNB does that by setting a goal for the 3 month LIBOR rate, the ‘SNB target range’. The Swiss central bank sets both a lower and upper limit and a target within that range. The lower and upper limit are usually around 1 percentage point apart and generally speaking the target is in the middle of the range. The Swiss central bank can thus use its monetary policy to influence the interest rates for products such as loans, savings and mortgages.

This page shows the current and historic values of the SNB target range for the 3 month Libor CHF.

For a summary of the current interest rates of a large number of central banks please click here.

Tables - current and historic Swiss central bank interest rates

SNB latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 january 15 2015 -0.750 %
 december 18 2014 -0.500 %
 august 03 2011 0.125 %
 march 12 2009 0.375 %
 december 11 2008 0.500 %
 november 20 2008 1.000 %
 november 06 2008 2.000 %
 october 08 2008 2.500 %
 september 13 2007 2.750 %
 june 14 2007 2.500 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.500 % 12-16-2015
 RBA interest rate Australia 1.500 % 08-02-2016
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 14.250 % 07-30-2015
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.250 % 08-04-2016
 BOC interest rate Canada 0.500 % 07-15-2015
 PBC interest rate China 4.350 % 10-23-2015
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.000 % 03-10-2016
 BoJ interest rate Japan 0.000 % 02-01-2016
 CBR interest rate Russia 10.000 % 09-16-2016
 SARB interest rate South Africa 7.000 % 03-17-2016

In order to be able to show the data on this page, we make use of a large number of sources of information that we believe to be reliable. For more information and our disclaimer, click here.

American interest rate (Fed)0.50 %12-16-2015
Australian interest rate (RBA)1.50 %08-02-2016
British interest rate (BoE)0.25 %08-04-2016
Canadian interest rate (BOC)0.50 %07-15-2015
European interest rate (ECB)-03-10-2016
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)-02-01-2016
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