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Correlation File: SAMPLE

1. How can I tell if a given future is behaving as it has in past years?

In the upper right-hand corner of any correlation chart you will find a small box that says at the
top "Correl > 84%" --- meaning "years correlating at a rate greater than 84%."  Below that you will
find the contract years listed along with their rate of correlation.

2. Why are correlation charts available for some markets but not others?  Does this mean that the 
current year is not highly correlated with any previous year?

Correct, only those contracts which correlate with a past year at a rate of 84% or greater will show up.

3. I would like to know if there is an area in the website where I can chart the 1 year correlation for
any spread?

You can not chart the 1 year correlation for ANY spread or market as there may not even be a current

Our correlations pages are updated nightly & show ALL current correlations.  If a correlation is not showing up
for a particular market, it is because that market is NOT currently correlating with any past years.


4. How do I read the GREEN line on your correlation charts?

For example on May 23, 2014 the Dec 14 Lean Hogs Correlation chart says "6-Yr- Correl" at the top of the chart: (  What does the number "98.44" on the top of chart after "6-Yr Correl" mean?

The last data point on the green line is at 98.44.  If you don't have your cursor within the boundaries of the chart, it will read the last data point. You will notice that, when your cursor is within the boundaries, that number will read differently.

However, please know that this study does not suggest the contract will expire at 98.44. (It could do so only if the current market continued to follow the correlation pattern exactly as it has been and also if the volatility remained exactly as it is.  Use any pattern, be it seasonal or correlation, to suggest only timing and direction --- never a price objective.

*Please note for these explanation purposes we saved the Dec 14 Lean Hog Correlation Chart on May 23, 2014.

Since correlations are always changing you will no longer be able to find these #'s live on our site.

5. A good way to also monitor new correlation studies is via our weekly MRCI Online Update.

Each week Jerry writes a short commentary on all of our new & current futures correlations.

For more information, please also visit  MRCI's Seasonal Correlation Explanation & our MRCI Spread Tutorial:
(Correlations are discussed starting on Thumbnail 24.)


6. In cases where correlation studies contradict with the seasonal trades, which one should take precedence?
For example, there is a trade in platinum (PLJ8) initiated on 11/29 through 1/26 and a second platinum trade from 12/22 - 1/26 that are both bullish plays, while the correlation study below says that platinum will drop through December and then rally into February.  Does this suggest that the recommended platinum trade initiated on 11/29 was premature and that initial losses may not be recouped by later gains? I am just trying to understand how best to utilize the data in your different reports.

There is no hard and fast rule to answer your question but rather it is each trader's judgment call.  It may be that, when the two conflict and one has no other basis for trading it, one is best off to skip the strategy.

Remember that seasonal strategies present optimized dates and are static in that, no matter what the current market is doing, the seasonal strategy entry and exit remains fixed.  Further, think of an optimized date as residing at the peak of a distribution bell curve:  that date may not have been the best date in any of those 15 years but it did provide the best overall results if using only one single date in all 15 years.

In contrast, the correlation study is dynamic.  It starts with the pattern of behavior exhibited so far by the current market and looks for similar behavior in prior years --- the theory being that those past years exhibiting similar behavior may have been responding to similar fundamentals of supply and demand and therefore how those years resolved those issues via trading behavior going forward might suggest how this year will resolve itself.

Remember, seasonal strategies are derived from history and have no input whatsoever from current market behavior whereas correlation studies are derived from current market behavior --- but are dynamic and therefore can change.  MRCI can present the research but each trader has the luxury of using it however it best fits his/her trading style and expertise, his/her financial and time resources, his/her perspective of the market, and current market behavior.


7. MRCI's Intermarket Correlation Studies are located here:

Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 12:15  

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