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For immediate release: Nov. 8, 2001

DOLLAR UP MODESTLY IN OCTOBER

In October the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 0.7 percent. Gains were registered on all subindexes except the Americas subindex, which was unchanged. The Pacific subindex led the overall increase with a 1.3 percent increase in October. The European subindex gained 0.7 percent, and the Pacific-excluding-Japan subindex registered a 0.6 percent gain. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, was up 0.9 percent. The overall index in October was 3.2 percent higher than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of October was 0.6 percent above its reading at the end of September and 3.0 percent above its level at the end of October 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: NOVEMBER 2001 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
10/01 129.251 128.652 134.237 128.071 127.270 124.486
09/01 128.390 128.658 133.264 126.393 126.521 123.427
10/00 125.206 123.884 140.768 118.819 121.261 120.582
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
09/01-10/01 0.7 0.0 0.7 1.3 0.6 0.9
10/00-10/01 3.2 3.8 -4.6 7.8 5.0 3.2
05/95-10/01 33.4 32.5 35.3 34.4 28.9 27.8
Daily Data
Levels:
10/31/01 129.724 129.111 134.776 128.537 127.267 125.182
09/28/01 128.961 129.638 133.250 126.922 126.962 123.914
10/31/00 125.987 124.871 141.345 119.533 121.946 121.384
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
09/28/01-10/31/01 0.6 -0.4 1.1 1.3 0.2 1.0
10/31/00-10/31/01 3.0 3.4 -4.6 7.5 4.4 3.1
05/08/95-10/31/01 35.5 33.7 39.4 36.4 29.1 30.1
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