Forex Correlation

Correlation table

The following tables represents the correlation between the various parities of the foreign exchange market.
The correlation coefficient highlights the similarity of the movements between two parities.

  • If the correlation is high (above 80) and positive then the currencies move in the same way.
  • If the correlation is high (above 80) and negative then the currencies move in the opposite way.
  • If the correlation is low (below 60) then the currencies don't move in the same way.
Num.periods

5min correlation

 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 
AUDUSD100
-8.6
-18.8
19.4
80
-26.8
22.3
20.8
AUDUSD
EURJPY-8.6
100
-2
-81.8
-24.7
-19.5
-85.7
51.7
EURJPY
EURUSD-18.8
-2
100
23.3
-16.4
54.7
5.7
-36.3
EURUSD
GBPUSD19.4
-81.8
23.3
100
39
25.4
73.9
-57.3
GBPUSD
NZDUSD80
-24.7
-16.4
39
100
-37.4
36.1
2.4
NZDUSD
USDCAD-26.8
-19.5
54.7
25.4
-37.4
100
26.4
-19
USDCAD
USDCHF22.3
-85.7
5.7
73.9
36.1
26.4
100
-28.1
USDCHF
USDJPY20.8
51.7
-36.3
-57.3
2.4
-19
-28.1
100
USDJPY
 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 

hourly correlation

 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 
AUDUSD100
82.4
-41.4
90.4
59.2
-81.5
11
78.6
AUDUSD
EURJPY82.4
100
-29.8
70.6
66
-59.9
7.5
83.7
EURJPY
EURUSD-41.4
-29.8
100
-17.4
-3.7
24
-87.8
-77.1
EURUSD
GBPUSD90.4
70.6
-17.4
100
69.3
-78.6
-12.9
56.9
GBPUSD
NZDUSD59.2
66
-3.7
69.3
100
-48
-11.3
46
NZDUSD
USDCAD-81.5
-59.9
24
-78.6
-48
100
8.9
-53.5
USDCAD
USDCHF11
7.5
-87.8
-12.9
-11.3
8.9
100
55.3
USDCHF
USDJPY78.6
83.7
-77.1
56.9
46
-53.5
55.3
100
USDJPY
 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 

daily correlation

 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 
AUDUSD100
13.4
-26.8
44.9
87.9
-89.1
-41
39.3
AUDUSD
EURJPY13.4
100
48.9
59.7
20.6
-0.7
4.9
17.6
EURJPY
EURUSD-26.8
48.9
100
14.8
-10.1
13.1
-45.6
-77.2
EURUSD
GBPUSD44.9
59.7
14.8
100
43.9
-25.2
-25.9
27.3
GBPUSD
NZDUSD87.9
20.6
-10.1
43.9
100
-86.6
-50.9
25.6
NZDUSD
USDCAD-89.1
-0.7
13.1
-25.2
-86.6
100
62
-14.4
USDCAD
USDCHF-41
4.9
-45.6
-25.9
-50.9
62
100
55.5
USDCHF
USDJPY39.3
17.6
-77.2
27.3
25.6
-14.4
55.5
100
USDJPY
 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 

weekly correlation

 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 
AUDUSD100
46.4
88.7
51.7
84.3
-96.5
5.5
-83.1
AUDUSD
EURJPY46.4
100
72.6
58
21.9
-55.4
20.4
-5.7
EURJPY
EURUSD88.7
72.6
100
73
62
-88.4
12
-72.7
EURUSD
GBPUSD51.7
58
73
100
5.8
-53
-1.9
-46
GBPUSD
NZDUSD84.3
21.9
62
5.8
100
-82.6
8.6
-70.4
NZDUSD
USDCAD-96.5
-55.4
-88.4
-53
-82.6
100
-7.9
73.7
USDCAD
USDCHF5.5
20.4
12
-1.9
8.6
-7.9
100
3.4
USDCHF
USDJPY-83.1
-5.7
-72.7
-46
-70.4
73.7
3.4
100
USDJPY
 AUDUSDEURJPYEURUSDGBPUSDNZDUSDUSDCADUSDCHFUSDJPY 

The correlation of currencies allows for better evaluation of the risk of a combination of positions. Correlation measures the relationship existing between two currency pairs. For example, it enables us to know whether two currency pairs are going to move in a similar way or not.
Two correlated currencies will have a coefficient close to 100 if they move in the same direction and of -100 if they move in opposite directions. A correlation close to 0 shows that the movements in the two currency pairs are not related.

How is it calculated?

The calculation of the correlation on this site uses the standard formula known as the "Pearson coefficient of correlation". The length of the series is given by the "Num Period" field. For further information about the calculation, you can visit the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_and_dependence

How is the data used?

Management of risks

It may be important to know whether the open positions in a portfolio are correlated. If you have open trades in three currency pairs which are strongly correlated (for example EURUSD, USDCHF and USDNOK), you must anticipate the fact that if one of the positions reaches its stop-loss, then the other two are very likely to also be loss-making positions. In this case, it is important to adjust the size of the positions in order to avoid a serious loss.

Modification of the market

A modification of the correlation, principally over the long-term, may demonstrate that the market is undergoing a change. For example, if EURUSD and GBPUSD are strongly correlated for several months and then de-correlate, that may be a sign that market sentiment concerning the EUR and/or GBP is in the process of changing; one may be seeing the start or end of a trend in one of the two currencies.