Swiss National Bank Cuts Interest Rate

by James Austin

Swiss National Bank Cuts Interest Rate, Mortgages become more affordable

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has made a bold move by cutting its key interest rate by 25 basis points, marking the first such reduction for one of the world’s top currencies since the pandemic abated. This proactive measure aims to prevent further appreciation of the Swiss Franc and maintain economic stability.

The decision comes as a surprise to many, as most economists had predicted that the rate would remain unchanged until at least June. However, the SNB acted swiftly amidst concerns over the strengthening Franc and its potential impact on the Swiss economy.

We, at Imperial Wealth Planning, were among those experts who correctly predicted that Swiss mortgage rates would soon decrease, making now the best time to buy Swiss property.


The move by the SNB foreshadows possible easing later this year by other major central banks, such as the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. By acting preemptively, the SNB aims to avoid waiting for global counterparts to move first, thereby reducing upward pressure on the Franc and minimizing the need for interventions that could further inflate the central bank's balance sheet.


This decision underscores the SNB's willingness to take decisive action when necessary, a trait demonstrated in past instances such as the events of 2015. At that time, Swiss mortgage rates were set at historically low levels when the SNB dropped the exchange rate protection, which had been set at 1.2 between the Swiss Franc and the Euro.


Now despite weeks of minimal communication on monetary policy, the SNB's rate cut reflects its commitment to maintaining price stability and supporting the Swiss economy.


At IWP, we specialize in helping our clients make the right financial decisions by providing accurate prognoses and analysis of current Swiss and global financial trends. Whether it's deciding between purchasing a home versus renting or structuring a Swiss property loan, we are here to assist you.


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When buying a home in Switzerland, numerous factors come into play. These include decisions about utilizing Swiss pensions for the purchase, navigating Swiss property taxes, and determining the duration of your stay in Switzerland. Fortunately, with guidance from a certified Swiss-regulated independent adviser, these difficult questions have clear and easy answers.

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