Over the past three years the markets have been very correlated.  Not all, but many of the sectors have moved up or down in lockstep fashion.  The stocks in the S&P 500 have been the most popular making that index very difficult to beat.

Those correlations seem to have started to change, ever since August 1st, or about the time interest rates started moving up.  Increasing interest rates have historically disrupted many of the standard market correlations.  It will be interesting to see if the S&P 500 will be able to continue its dominance going forward.

Since August 1st:

  • The S&P 500 is down 0.3%
  • Small Cap stocks are up 1.2%
  • Cyclical stocks are up 2.9%
  • Consumer stocks are down 2.9%
  • Utilities (supposedly conservative) are down 6.8%
  • Real Estate (also conservative) is down 4.0%
  • Telecom is down 4.9%

Bottom line, sector correlations are more dispersed than they have been.  Conservative sectors are getting beat up.

At Paragon, we like to see less correlation between the sectors.   Uncorrelated markets give our models much more to work with.  It will be interesting to see if these trends continue.  Keep posted.

Written by Dave Young, President and Founder of Paragon Wealth Management

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