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For immediate release: May 7, 2003

DOLLAR CONTINUES TO DECLINE IN APRIL

In April the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta fell 0.7 percent, its sixth consecutive monthly decline. The drop was most pronounced on the Americas subindex, which registered a 2.2 percent decline. The European subindex declined modestly, while the Pacific subindexes registered small increases. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, declined 0.2 percent. The overall index in April was 5.7 percent lower than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of April was down 1.9 percent from its reading at the end of March and was down 6.6 percent from its level at the end of April 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: MAY 2003 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
04/03 123.441 127.886 114.460 125.703 124.419 115.689
03/03 124.319 130.722 114.734 125.144 124.354 115.943
04/02 130.853 127.438 136.542 132.154 127.502 127.078
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
03/03-04/03 -0.7 -2.2 -0.2 0.4 0.1 -0.2
04/02-04/03 -5.7 0.4 -16.2 -4.9 -2.4 -9.0
05/95-04/03 27.4 31.7 15.3 31.9 26.0 18.7
Daily Data
Levels:
04/30/03 121.442 125.009 111.588 125.057 123.930 114.064
03/31/03 123.731 129.667 113.976 125.081 124.700 115.558
04/30/02 129.971 127.673 134.553 130.738 126.763 125.652
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
03/31/03-04/30/03 -1.9 -3.6 -2.1 0.0 -0.6 -1.3
04/30/02-04/30/03 -6.6 -2.1 -17.1 -4.3 -2.2 -9.2
05/08/95-04/30/03 26.8 29.5 15.4 32.7 25.7 18.5

 

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