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For immediate release: October 9, 2001

DOLLAR UP MODESTLY IN SEPTEMBER

In September the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 0.3 percent. A 2.4 percent gain on the Americas subindex and a 0.2 percent increase on the Pacific-excluding-Japan measure were partially offset by a 1.3 percent drop on the European subindex and a 0.8 percent decline on the Pacific subindex. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, was down 0.2 percent. The overall index in September was 4.0 percent higher than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of September was 1.1 percent above its reading at the end of August and was 4.3 percent above its level at the end of September 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: OCTOBER 2001 UPDATE
(1995 = 100)
Atlanta Fed
Overall Index
Monthly
Subindexes
Americas Europe Pacific Pacific
excluding
Japan
Classic
Monthly Averages
Levels:
09/01 128.390 128.658 133.264 126.393 126.521 123.427
08/01 128.024 125.603 135.057 127.419 126.236 123.689
09/00 123.470 121.682 139.087 117.432 120.110 118.955
05/95 (low) 96.925 97.085 99.231 95.303 98.733 97.435
Percent change:
08/01-09/01 0.3 2.4 -1.3 -0.8 0.2 -0.2
09/00-09/01 4.0 5.7 -4.2 7.6 5.3 3.8
05/95-09/01 32.5 32.5 34.3 32.6 28.1 26.7
Daily Data
Levels:
09/28/01 128.961 129.638 133.250 126.922 126.962 123.914
08/31/01 127.584 126.406 133.950 126.104 125.930 123.013
09/29/00 123.683 123.106 136.379 118.101 120.283 119.063
05/08/95 (low) 95.740 96.549 96.705 94.236 98.571 96.238
Percent change:
08/31/01-09/28/01 1.1 2.6 -0.5 0.6 0.8 0.7
09/29/00-09/28/01 4.3 5.3 -2.3 7.6 5.6 4.1
05/08/95-09/28/01 34.7 34.3 37.8 34.7 28.8 28.8
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