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For immediate release: June 9, 2003

DOLLAR FALLS 3.5 PERCENT IN MAY

In May the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta fell 3.5 percent, its seventh consecutive monthly decline. The index value of 119.1 is the lowest reading since January 2000. The dollar’s May decline was broad based, with all subindexes logging decreases. The European subindex registered the largest drop at 5.3 percent, with the Americas subindex not far behind with a 4.5 percent decline. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, fell 3.6 percent. The overall index in May was 7.6 percent lower than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of May was 2.1 percent below its reading at the end of April and 6.8 percent below its level at the end of May 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: JUNE 2003 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
05/03 119.096 122.090 108.428 123.746 122.960 111.498
04/03 123.441 127.886 114.460 125.703 124.419 115.689
05/02 128.905 127.546 132.559 129.233 125.715 124.080
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
04/03-05/03 -3.5 -4.5 -5.3 -1.6 -1.2 -3.6
05/02-05/03 -7.6 -4.3 -18.2 -4.2 -2.2 -10.1
05/95-05/03 22.9 25.8 9.3 29.8 24.5 14.4
Daily Data
Levels:
05/30/03 118.889 121.707 106.739 124.732 123.075 111.121
04/30/03 121.442 125.009 111.588 125.057 123.930 114.064
05/31/02 127.594 126.988 130.678 127.445 124.319 122.305
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
04/30/03-05/30/03 -2.1 -2.6 -4.3 -0.3 -0.7 -2.6
05/31/02-05/30/03 -6.8 -4.2 -18.3 -2.1 -1.0 -9.1
05/08/95-05/30/03 24.2 26.1 10.4 32.4 24.9 15.5

 

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