I find it useful to look at the big picture from time to time. In technical analysis terms, that usually means inspection of weekly and/or monthly charts. However, I rarely get to see analysis of "ultra-high" timeframe charts, so I decided to make a couple of attempts of my own. Previously, I analysed long term charts of the Euro, the Yen and the Cable.
Today I'll have a look at yearly and quarterly Swissie charts that are covering the period from 1971 to 2015. While the yearly may be of some use for a quick overview of price action, the quarterly chart offers more detail and makes trends, ranges and patterns more easily observable. I will be focusing on the latter for my analysis.
Downtrend and the Falling Wedge
During the period of the Bretton Woods System (1945 - 1971), Swiss franc was pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 4.375 per dollar. After the system was abolished, franc started to appreciate or, in other words, the pair (USD/CHF) embarked on a downtrend. Even though both dollar and franc are considered safe haven currencies, stronger demand for the latter has also bee…