|For immediate release: Sept. 9, 2002
DOLLAR REBOUNDS IN AUGUST
In August the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta rose 1.2 percent, its first monthly gain in six months. Increases were registered on all subindexes with both the Americas and Europe measures registering 1.5 percent increases. Both the Pacific and Pacific-excluding-Japan subindexes registered 0.8 percent gains from July. The classic subindex, which is the analogue of the original Atlanta index, rose 1.2 percent in August. The overall index in August was 0.9 percent lower than its year-ago level. On a daily basis, the overall index’s level at the end of August was 0.5 percent below its reading at the end of July and was 0.8 percent below its level at the end of August 2001.
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.
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.