The Euro's exchange rate against the US Dollar reached a
13-month high at the end of January 2013, achieving a level of USD
1.3570. This local peak needs to be placed in perspective: since
its inception in January 1999, the Dollar value of the Euro has
ranged from 0.82 to 1.60.
Conceptually, "the trade-weighted exchange rate index (
) should be a more informative measure of the macroeconomic impact
of exchange rate developments. Broadly speaking, since the middle
of last year the TWI has followed a similar evolution to that of
the bilateral EUR / USD rate. However, in recent months - and
especially in January - the TWI has appreciated significantly more,
driven by a weakening of the Japanese Yen and Sterling." explains
the Economics Research Team at Goldman Sachs.