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Highly Correlated Markets

Below is my list of highly correlated markets for my Diversification Risk-Control Rule. (That rule states that I will not invest more than 25 percent of total assets in the same direction - i.e. long or short - in any group of highly correlated markets.) See more on my risk-control rules on my "How It Works" page.
S&P 500: Dow Jones Industrial Average
Dow Jones industrials: BKX Banks Index, S&P 500
NASDAQ 100: n/a
BKX Bank Index: Dow Jones industrials
Nikkei: n/a
Natural gas: n/a
Gold, copper, silver, platinum, heating oil, crude oil (all highly correlated with each other)

1) I defined markets as "highly correlated" when their weekly open prices have greater than 0.85 correlation between March 1995 (the start of most of the combined futures and options Commitments of Traders datasets) and the end of 2007 (the end of my backtest data). Note that I haven't updated these correlations with data since 2007, so they may no longer be a reliable guide. I intend to update them at some later point.
2) Markets like the Nikkei and NASDAQ 100 that have the notation "n/a" aren't highly correlated with any other market. These uncorrelated markets are useful for building diversity into my portfolio.