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December 10, 2016

Bonds and Gold in Unusual Correlation

Gold prices have shown an unusually strong correlation to bond prices this year.  This is not normal, and the two are not usually marching in lockstep like this.  The strong correlation began around May 2016.  It may just be a coincidence that May 2016 was when Saudi Arabia started selling off the holdings of T-Bonds from its sovereign wealth fund, an effort to fund their governmental expenditures in an era of low profits on oil sales.  See http://ticdata.treasury.gov/Publish/mfh.txt.  Whatever the explanation is, the phenomenon is real, down to even a day to day basis.  So if you are a trader or… more

 

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