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For immediate release: Jan. 8, 2002

DOLLAR RISES AGAIN IN DECEMBER

In December the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 0.2 percent. A 1.9 percent gain on the Pacific subindex offset a 1.2 percent decline on the Americas measure. The European subindex showed a modest decline while the Pacific-excluding-Japan measure logged a modest increase. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, was up 0.5 percent. The overall index in December was 3.9 percent higher than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of December was 1.3 percent above its reading at the end of November and 5.2 percent stronger than its level at the end of December 2000.

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: JANUARY 2002 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
12/01 130.183 127.373 136.137 130.685 127.266 126.277
11/01 129.870 128.856 136.431 128.225 126.840 125.591
12/00 125.347 124.427 134.919 121.740 123.397 120.743
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
11/01-12/01 0.2 -1.2 -0.2 1.9 0.3 0.5
12/00-12/01 3.9 2.4 0.9 7.3 3.1 4.6
05/95-12/01 34.3 31.2 37.2 37.1 28.9 29.6
Daily Data
Levels:
12/31/01 131.058 127.954 135.875 132.557 127.979 127.339
11/30/01 129.413 127.807 135.769 128.440 126.615 125.046
12/29/00 124.528 123.762 129.773 123.146 124.180 119.581
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
11/30/01-12/31/01 1.3 0.1 0.1 3.2 1.1 1.8
12/29/00-12/31/01 5.2 3.4 4.7 7.6 3.1 6.5
05/08/95-12/31/01 36.9 32.5 40.5 40.7 29.8 32.3
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