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For immediate release: Feb. 7, 2002

DOLLAR CONTINUES CLIMB IN JANUARY

In January the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 1.2 percent. Increases were registered on all subindexes, with a 1.9 percent rise on the Pacific subindex leading the way. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, was up 1.4 percent. The overall index in January was 5.2 percent higher than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of January was 1.2 percent above its reading at the end of December and 5.9 percent stronger than its level at the end of January 2001.

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: FEBRUARY 2002 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
01/02 131.809 128.552 137.163 133.189 127.903 128.107
12/01 130.183 127.373 136.137 130.685 127.266 126.277
01/01 125.275 124.505 130.293 124.063 124.007 120.179
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
12/01-01/02 1.2 0.9 0.8 1.9 0.5 1.4
01/01-01/02 5.2 3.3 5.3 7.4 3.1 6.6
05/95-01/02 36.0 32.4 38.2 39.8 29.5 31.5
Daily Data
Levels:
01/31/02 132.624 128.148 140.553 133.787 127.957 129.025
12/31/01 131.058 127.954 135.875 132.557 127.979 127.339
01/31/01 125.212 124.047 131.354 123.738 123.665 120.228
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
12/31/01-01/31/02 1.2 0.2 3.4 0.9 0.0 1.3
01/31/01-01/31/02 5.9 3.3 7.0 8.1 3.5 7.3
05/08/95-01/31/02 38.5 32.7 45.3 42.0 29.8 34.1

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