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There is also another kind of U.S. dollar index.

It was created by the Federal Reserve and is now used widely by lots of sexy people, like economists and currency analysts.

It is called the “Trade Weighted U.S. Dollar Index“.

You can find it on the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) website here.

Their website is probably one of the most beautiful websites ever made…

Trade Weighted US Dollar Index

Just kidding. It’s a government website.

Beautiful? Like lipstick on a pig.

Lipstick on a Pig

Useful? Hell yeah. 👍

The trade-weighted US dollar index, also known as the broad index, is a measure of the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other foreign currencies.

It is a trade-weighted index that tries to improve on the older AND privately-owned ICE U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) by using more currencies and updating the weights yearly.

The Fed wanted to create an index that could more accurately reflect the dollar’s value against foreign currencies based on how competitive U.S. goods are compared to goods from other countries.

It was formed in 1998 in order to keep up-to-date with U.S. trade.

Trade Weighted US Dollar Index

The Trade-Weighted U.S. Dollar Index

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, provides “weighted averages of the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar against the currencies of a broad group of major U.S. trading partners.”

From strongest to weakest, here is the current weighting (in percentage) of the index:

Country Weight(%)
Eurozone 18.947
China 15.835
Canada 13.384
Mexico 13.524
Japan 6.272
United Kingdom 5.306
Korea 3.322
Taiwan 1.95
Singapore 1.848
Brazil 1.979
Malaysia 1.246
Hong Kong 1.41
India 2.874
Switzerland 2.554
Thailand 1.096
Australia 1.395
Russia 0.526
Israel 1.053
Sweden 0.52
Indonesia 0.675
Saudi Arabia 0.499
Chile 0.625
Philippines 0.687
Colombia 0.604
Argentina 0.507
Total 100

*Weights as of December 16, 2019

The main difference between the USDX and the trade-weighted U.S. dollar index is the basket of currencies used and their relative weights.

The trade-weighted index includes countries from all over the world, including some developing countries.

Given how global trade is developing, this index is probably a better reflection of the U.S. dollar’s value across the globe.

The weights are based on annual trade data.

Weights for the broad index can be found at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/H10/Weights.

If you’d like to see historical data, check out http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/Summary/.