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For immediate release: April 7, 2003

DOLLAR DOWN AGAIN IN MARCH

In March the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta fell 0.6 percent, its fifth consecutive monthly decline. The dollar’s March fall was concentrated in the Americas subindex, which registered a 1.9 percent decline. This decline offset minor gains registered by the European and both of the Pacific subindexes. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, declined 0.5 percent. The overall index in March was 5.3 percent below its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of March was 0.7 percent below its reading at the end of February and was 6.1 percent below its level at the end of March 2002.

The Atlanta Fed index is based on 1995–97 bilateral trade weights for 15 currencies. The European subindex includes the European Monetary Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Pacific subindex includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The Americas subindex includes Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The overall dollar index includes the Saudi Arabian riyal along with the foregoing 14 currencies. The classic subindex includes the European Monetary Union, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Canada. All figures are indexes and not actual exchange rates. A rise in the index or subindex reflects a strengthening of the dollar against currencies included.


ATLANTA FED DOLLAR INDEXES: APRIL 2003 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
03/03 124.319 130.722 114.734 125.144 124.354 115.943
02/03 125.028 133.215 114.418 124.895 123.464 116.566
03/02 131.303 127.417 138.111 132.457 127.801 127.750
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
02/03-03/03 -0.6 -1.9 0.3 0.2 0.7 -0.5
03/02-03/03 -5.3 2.6 -16.9 -5.5 -2.7 -9.2
05/95-03/03 28.3 34.6 15.6 31.3 25.9 19.0
Daily Data
Levels:
03/31/03 123.731 129.667 113.976 125.081 124.700 115.558
02/28/03 124.552 132.053 114.991 124.339 123.339 115.948
03/29/02 131.738 127.526 138.667 133.167 127.856 128.386
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
02/28/03-03/31/03 -0.7 -1.8 -0.9 0.6 1.1 -0.3
03/29/02-03/31/03 -6.1 1.7 -17.8 -6.1 -2.5 -10.0
05/08/95-03/31/03 29.2 34.3 17.9 32.7 26.5 20.1

 

Based on 1995–97 bilateral trade weights for 15 currencies. Technical details of country selection, weighting and index construction are available in the June/July 1986, Summer 1987, September/October 1990 and Third Quarter 1999 issues of the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review.

Atlanta Fed Dollar Indexes Table: History