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mathdude2018
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### Correlation of A-B and C-D kind of assets

This is a real life scenario where in the market I am able to transact only A - B and C - D, even though time series of A, B, C and D are published separately.

How do I find the correlation of A - B and C - D. To understand the order of magnitude, A, B, C, D are order of $50 while A - B, and C - D are order of$0.50. They can also turn negative or there are instances in time where A - B and C - D can be zero.

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### Re: Correlation of A-B and C-D kind of assets

I don't get the issue. If you have time series for A,B,C,D then you can construct series for A-B & C-D and compute their sample correlation by a standard formula.

DavidJN
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### Re: Correlation of A-B and C-D kind of assets

As for the difference in magnitude between the prices, convert the price series into rate of return series  - where rate of return is defined as ln(Pt/Pt-1) and  ln() is the natural log operator - and compute the correlation on the rates of return instead of the prices.

Stats 101.

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