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USD-CHF / US Dollar to Swiss Franc

The US Dollar and the Swiss Franc are both fiat currencies. This means that they are backed by political and economic agreement, not by a physical asset like gold. They are printed in their respective countries on special printing presses owned and operated by the country's treasury department.

More About USD-CHF / US Dollar to Swiss Franc

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What exactly is currency?
What factors influence the USD/CHF exchange rate?
What's the difference between the USD and the CHF?
What are the similarities between the US dollar and the Swiss franc?
What exactly is foreign exchange?

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What exactly is currency?

Currency is what you use to buy things you need for survival. It is a replacement for the inherent value in certain objects which have been designated by agreement as having the status of legal tender. All currencies are a form of money, but not all money is currency. Currency is derived from the Latin word "cursia", meaning "to run". Currencies today are based on precious metals such as gold and silver, or base metals such as bronze or iron, which were used long ago to exchange goods and services in pre-monetary barter systems.


What factors influence the USD/CHF exchange rate?

The USD to CHF exchange rate is subject to many factors, such as:

1. The strength of the US and Swiss economies and their policies

2. Interest rates and inflation expectations

3. Relative economic growth rates

4. Political stability of both nations

5. Domestic monetary policy (including the Federal Reserve´s policy in the US)

6. Investor and trader sentiment

7. Relative performance of global stock markets

8. Country-specific economic and political developments which may not be directly related to the USD or CHF.


What's the difference between the USD and the CHF?

The USD and the CHF are two of the most widely traded currencies in the world. But how do you tell them apart? They're measured in different ways and have different symbols, so determining their relative values is usually a pretty confusing process for beginners.
The abbreviation for each currency comes from the name of the country in which it's circulated. The USD, or US dollar, is usually denoted with "USD," while the CHF is usually denoted with "CHF."
  • What are the similarities between the US dollar and the Swiss franc?

    Traditionally the two most liquid currencies in the world, the US dollar and the Swiss franc share a number of similarities. Both currencies are managed independently by central banks, and they are each available in an array of denominations. While their monetary policies are somewhat different, they are each known for stability, which has caused their value to rise over time.
  • What exactly is foreign exchange?

    Foreign exchange (forex) is the simultaneous, competitive buying and selling of different currencies by cash dealers. Exchange rates have an effect on the price of goods and services, and forex brokers are in the business of offering currency at those rates.