Central banks have the reputation of not being reluctant to interventionist’s scrupulous strategies. However the approach has always been geared towards favourable and spectacular manner one of which was very pronounced in recent occasions.

Just over two decades ago, the United Kingdom was so desperate within the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), a highly intricate system that strictly required each member nation’s currency to be maintained at certain trading standards. Besieged with severely over leveraged housing market and monotonous domestic economic climate, sterling wasn’t offering to be a very good and popular buy with traders.

Slowly, the Bank of England began jacking up their interest rates in a frantic attempt to bring more stability to the British pound. This move however backfired since trade was continuously added to the other side therefore shorting the currency even further. The United Kingdom was forced to leave the ERM prolonging the country’s recession.

Repeated and generally unsuccessful interventions by the bank of Japan were also seen in recent times. The short-term interventions have been all bypassed out in the market even before its intended maturity. Although the Bank of Japan may have assisted the country’s profitable export efforts for more than several occasions, the instances of catching up with several currency traders proved to have been a fatal error that broadly led to failure of longetivity.

A less slightly dramatic scene was seen with the Swiss franc which investors regard as a haven for Euro holdings. The Swiss franc’s relentless effort to uplift the current value was having a devastating effect on the Switzerland’s economy and it’s National Bank. An unconventional move to purchase unlimited foreign currencies to weaken its own currency proved to have successful effects which resulted in a fractional increase in its appreciation.

Perhaps the decisive difference is that the Swiss National Bank had the foresight, resources as well as its indomitable will to reach its open minded proposals in not hastily entering any kind of wealth transfer agreement with high end finances. Although copied by the FED the European’s Central Bank’s unlimited bond-buying ability to stabilise the euro. Unless of course a bank’s policy is open ended the relevant central bank is geared towards making interim moves that will be picked off by whoever can comprehend the principles in the market.

Having a good sense of comprehension regarding the significance it can have for any trading preparation is imperative in nature and is highly recommended. Should there be enough time to make sure protection is fully available, with coherent risk management schemes it can.

Last Updated: September 29th, 2012