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For immediate release: Dec. 6, 2005

DOLLAR APPRECIATED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER

In November the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 0.8 percent. The dollar gained on all subindexes, except for the Americas subindex, which fell 0.3 percent. The dollar gained 1.9 percent on the European subindex, 1.4 percent on the Pacific subindex and 0.2 percent on the Pacific-excluding-Japan subindex. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, was up 1.2 percent in November. The overall index in November was 2.6 percent higher than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of November was up 0.3 percent from its reading at the end of October and was 3.6 percent above its level at the end of November 2004.

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: DECEMBER 2005 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
11/05 112.561 109.740 105.288 120.628 117.000 104.461
10/05 111.624 110.083 103.308 119.005 116.813 103.193
11/04 109.750 114.057 96.007 114.903 117.397 100.034
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
10/05–11/05 0.8 –0.3 1.9 1.4 0.2 1.2
11/04–11/05 2.6 –3.8 9.7 5.0 –0.3 4.4
05/95–11/05 16.1 13.0 6.1 26.6 18.5 7.2
Daily Data
Levels:
11/30/05 112.239 108.541 105.335 120.989 116.768 104.238
10/31/05 111.891 110.064 103.437 119.679 116.885 103.545
11/30/04 108.347 113.148 93.983 113.413 116.109 98.718
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
10/31/05–11/30/05 0.3 –1.4 1.8 1.1 –0.1 0.7
11/30/04–11/30/05 3.6 –4.1 12.1 6.7 0.6 5.6
05/08/95–11/30/05 17.2 12.4 8.9 28.4 18.5 8.3

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