Press Release
U.S. Monetary Authorities Intervened in FX Markets during the First Quarter
May 13, 2011
NEW YORK—The U.S. monetary authorities intervened in the foreign exchange markets on one occasion during the first quarter, on March 18, buying $1 billion against Japanese yen, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said today in its quarterly report to the U.S. Congress.

During the three months that ended March 31, the dollar depreciated 5.5 percent against the euro but appreciated 2.5 percent against the Japanese yen.  In this period, the dollar’s trade-weighted exchange value depreciated 3.7 percent as measured by the Federal Reserve Board’s major currencies index.

The coordinated G-7 intervention was carried out by the foreign exchange trading desk at the New York Fed, operating in conjunction with Japanese monetary authorities, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the monetary authorities of, Canada and the United Kingdom. The intervention amount was split evenly between the Federal Reserve System Open Market Account and the U.S. Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF).

The report was presented by Brian P. Sack, executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Federal Open Market Committee’s manager for the System Open Market Account, on behalf of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System.

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