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2011 OECD Economic Surveys: Switzerland 2011

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OECD's 2012 Economic Survey of Switzerland examines recent economic developments, policy and prospects; making the tax system less distortive; reducing risks in the financial system and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as making a series of policy recommendations.

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Executive summary

Switzerland’s recovery has been broadly balanced despite strong appreciation of the Swiss franc. Capital markets’ concerns regarding sovereign debt in several countries have led the Swiss franc to appreciate to record levels. While deteriorating price competitiveness was partially compensated by strong global demand for Swiss goods and services, exports have recently begun to weaken. The SNB has introduced an upper limit on the euro/Swiss franc exchange rate to stop appreciation. While keeping interest rates low for some time is appropriate, unusually low interest rates have boosted mortgage lending and house prices. To avoid building up imbalances, additional macroprudential tools should be introduced.

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