Market Correlations And Hedging Strategies

by Robert Hauver
Have you noticed any surprising market correlations over the past several months? Much has been written in the press about the US market’s increasingly high correlation with Oil & Basic Materials prices, the Chinese stock market, and High Yield Bonds.
Income investors have seen their once-steady dividend stocks decline over the past few quarters, as the market punished all things Energy-related. In fact, some of these stocks, (the ones which have maintained or even increased their dividends), have even moved into the realm of high dividend stocks, even though they’ve all risen significantly from their 52-week lows over the past few months.
Here are just some the highest dividend yields in the Energy section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sectors Tables.

Crude Oil prices have had a strong correlation with the S&P 500:
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