Cross-Asset Relations, Correlations and Economic Implications


McMillan DG (2019) Cross-Asset Relations, Correlations and Economic Implications. Global Finance Journal, 41, pp. 60-78.

This paper examines the interrelations and time-varying correlations for eight assets. One-year rolling correlations reveal that each of the 28 correlations exhibit both positive and negative values. Linear regressions reveal that given macroeconomic and financial variables contain predictive power for different asset return correlations. The term structure of interest rates and consumer sentiment feature as prominent predictor variables. Structural break tests and non-linear regressions indicate a cycling of correlations between high and low risk periods. In seeking to consider the economic content of the interrelations, we construct a safe and risky portfolio and show that the correlation between these portfolios can allow for improved market timing. Further, the safe and risky portfolio returns and correlation exhibit predictive power for macroeconomic conditions and may be used in a leading indicator role. The results presented here should be of interest to investors and policy-makers as well as academics wishing to examine the relations between both asset returns and financial and real markets.

Time-Varying Correlations, Cross-Asset, Rolling Windows, Markov Switching,; Macroeconomic, Prediction; JEL Codes: C22, G12

Global Finance Journal: Volume 41

Publication date31/08/2019
Publication date online23/02/2019
Date accepted by journal18/02/2019