Conditional Correlation and Volatility in Commodity Futures and Traditional Asset Markets

Posted: 22 May 2019

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James Chong

California State University, Northridge - Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance

Joëlle Miffre

Audencia Business School

Date Written: September 4, 2006

Abstract

The article studies the conditional correlations between 25 commodity futures and 13 stock and fixed-income indices. Conditional correlations with equity returns fell over time, a sign that commodity futures have become better tools for strategic asset allocation. The correlations between the S&P500 and 11 commodities also fell in periods of above average volatility in equity markets. We see this as welcome news to long institutional investors as they need the benefits of diversification most in periods of high volatility in equity markets. Similarly, the results suggest that adding commodity futures to Treasury-bill portfolios reduces risk further in volatile interest rate environments.

Keywords: Commodity Futures, Traditional Assets, Correlation, Volatility, DCC Model

JEL Classification: G13

Suggested Citation

Chong, James and Miffre, Joelle, Conditional Correlation and Volatility in Commodity Futures and Traditional Asset Markets (September 4, 2006). Journal of Alternative Investments, 12, 3, 61-75. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822484

James Chong

California State University, Northridge - Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance ( email )

Northridge, CA 91330-8379
United States

Joelle Miffre (Contact Author)

Audencia Business School ( email )

8 Road Joneliere
BP 31222
Nantes Cedex 3, 44312
France

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