TEXT-SNB sets Swiss franc exchange rate vs euro

ZURICH, Sept 6 Tue Sep 6, 2011 4:32am EDT

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ZURICH, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank is setting a minimum exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs per euro in its latest effort to fight the soaring franc. Here is the SNB's statement:

"The current massive overvaluation of the Swiss franc poses an acute threat to the Swiss economy and carries the risk of a deflationary development.

"The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is therefore aiming for a substantial and sustained weakening of the Swiss franc. With immediate effect, it will no longer tolerate a EUR/CHF exchange rate below the minimum rate of CHF 1.20. The SNB will enforce this minimum rate with the utmost determination and is prepared to buy foreign currency in unlimited quantities.

"Even at a rate of CHF 1.20 per euro, the Swiss franc is still high and should continue to weaken over time. If the economic outlook and deflationary risks so require, the SNB will take further measures." (Reporting by Katie Reid)

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