The U.S. Dollar vs. Capital Markets
The Inverse Correlation Explained:
In the recent past, there has been an inverse correlation between the U.S. dollar and dollar denominated assets (mainly stocks and commodities). By definition, the inverse correlation states that stocks and commodities (which are priced in dollars) will fall when the dollar rallies. Since early December, the greenback has steadily rallied which has put pressure on several capital markets. As the following few charts show, on a relative basis, crude oil is the hardest hit, followed by gold, then U.S. equities. What does this mean? We’ll let you draw your own conclusions by commenting below. If you want our thoughts, contact us here:
*Note: All data based on Thursday, December 17, 2009’s close.