4:00 P.M., E.S.T., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1999
U.S. MONETARY AUTHORITIES DO NOT INTERVENE IN
FX MARKET DURING FOURTH QUARTER
NEW YORK -- The U.S. monetary authorities did not intervene in the foreign exchange markets during the October - December quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said today in its quarterly report to the U.S. Congress.
During the three months that ended December 31, 1998, the dollar was virtually unchanged against the German mark and depreciated 17.4 percent against the Japanese yen.
The report was presented by Peter R. Fisher, executive vice president of the New York Fed and the Federal Open Market Committees (FOMC) manager for the system open market account, on behalf of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System.
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