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Statistical measure of the degree to which the movements of two variables (stock/option/convertible prices or returns) are related. See: Correlation coefficient.
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The relationship between two variables during a period of time, especially one that shows a close match between the variables' movements. For example, all utility stocks tend to have a high degree of correlation because their share prices are influenced by the same forces. Conversely, gold stock price movements are not closely correlated with utility stock price movements because the two are influenced by very different factors. The concept of correlation is frequently used in portfolio analysis. See also serial correlation.
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In investment terms, correlation is the extent to which the values of different types of investments move in tandem with one another in response to changing economic and market conditions.

Correlation is measured on a scale of - 1 to +1. Investments with a correlation of + 0.5 or more tend to rise and fall in value at the same time. Investments with a negative correlation of - 0.5 to - 1 are more likely to gain or lose value in opposing cycles.

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a statistical term that describes the degree of association between two variables. When two variables tend to change together, then they are said to be correlated, and the extent to which they are correlated is measured by means of the CORRELATION COEFFICIENT.
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A former appraisal term, replaced by reconciliation.
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The most interesting aspect of the ipsative/normative multitrait-multimethod correlation matrix is that the validity diagonals contained considerably higher correlations than other areas of the matrix.
The MDS analysis of the within-group correlation matrix showed traits A, F, and P clearly clustered in three separate groups.
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Such a cluster analysis of the basis correlation matrix [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 8A OMITTED] shows all cluster fusions occurring near zero.
(2) Construction of correlation matrix. The correlation matrix for the data set is given in Table I.
Some strong connections between variables are presented in the correlation matrix from above.
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During the GFC, the correlation matrix displayed significant changes in the region when compared to the case of the AFC (Table 4).
A correlation matrix was used to investigate the dependence between multiple variables at the same time (Table 4).

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