Casual or Causal Relationships between the U.S. Dollar, Gold, Oil and Equity Markets
25 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 15, 2011
This paper examines the degree of correlation and possible causation between the prices of gold, oil, short- and long-term interest rates, U.S. equities and the U.S. currency value against the Euro and British Pound. The data set utilizes daily returns for the period between the beginning of 1999 and August, 2011 and yearly sub-intervals within that period. The rationale for the research derives from some widely held observations based on correlations, and related opinions, regarding relationships between the 4 variables perceived to be relatively consistent, but different than longer term data results, in the recent financial crisis period encompassing 2007 through 2009. The study takes a more historical perspective and draws conclusions regarding how strong, or weak these relationships might be and whether they seem to be temporary, and possibly an aberration, or a trend that is likely to continue. Articles based on recent observations, over the past four years, in the financial press suggest an inverse relationship between stock prices and the U.S. dollar; oil and the U.S. dollar, and gold prices and the U.S. dollar. We are analyzing the relationship, long and short term between these variables for potential use in prediction models and also, as possible portfolio diversification tools.
Keywords: US Dollar, EURO, British Pound, gold, crude oil, Treasury yield
JEL Classification: F31, G15
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