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02 August 2012

Swiss National Bank — Central Bank or Hedge Fund?: James Saft | Reuters

Posted In: Economics

One of my favorite journalists makes the case that the Swiss central bank is a hedge fund with a small country appended to it. In the modern era of international finance, even supposedly neutral players, like central bankers, have hedge fund-like qualities. In the U.S. the too-big-to-fail banks with their proprietary trading desks are essentially depositer funded hedge funds. When that fails, then they are insured by taxpayers.

About the Author(s)
Jason Voss, CFA

Jason Voss, CFA, is a content director at CFA Institute, where he tirelessly focuses on improving the ability of investors to better serve end clients. He is the author of the Foreword Reviews Business Book of the Year Finalist, The Intuitive Investor. Jason also ran a successful blog titled What My Intuition Tells Me Now. Previously, Voss was a portfolio manager at Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., where he co-managed the Davis Appreciation and Income Fund. He holds a BA in economics and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Colorado.

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1 thought on “Swiss National Bank — Central Bank or Hedge Fund?: James Saft | Reuters”

  1. james saft says:

    Really chuffed I am one of your favorites! Thanks for the link.

    Drop me a line, I have a query for you.

    Jim

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