“Honest to goodness, the tears have been falling
All over this country’s face
It was better before, before they voted for What’s-His-Name
This was supposed to be the new world…
All we need is money
Just give us what you can spare”. X the Band’s 1983 song, “The New World”


Financial observers often seek to ascertain a relationship between apparent trends involving stock, interest rate, currency, and commodity marketplaces. This involves subjective historical reviews as to the extent to which the price and time trends (patterns) of two or more marketplaces tend to converge or diverge. Some viewpoints may indicate that trends for a given marketplace tend to lead (or lag) those of another. For example, people investigate linkages between two United States technology stocks. Or, traders and analysts seek to establish the relationship (extent of convergence or divergence) between emerging marketplace stocks “in general” and the S+P 500.

The marketplace arenas studied are not necessarily the same. To what extent do significant increases in United States Treasury interest rates precede (lead to) eventual noteworthy declines in the S+P 500?


Since cultural (subjective) perspectives, arguments, predictions, and actions regarding marketplace and other phenomena and their interrelations diverge (and converge) to various extents over time, emerging stock marketplaces “as a whole” and the S+P 500 do not necessarily trade identically or even very closely in price direction and timing terms. Of course marketplace history is not marketplace destiny, either completely or partially. Relationships within and between financial fields can shift or transform, sometimes dramatically. And these stock theaters have their own supply/demand situations and intertwine with other financial realms and assorted variables in diverse ways. However, over the past couple of decades, important price highs (and lows) and related trend shifts for the overall emerging stock marketplace and the S+P 500 have tended to occur at around the same time, sometimes within a few days, generally within a couple of months.

In first quarter 2020, prices for emerging stock marketplaces began to fall shortly before the S+P 500. They thereafter collapsed and reached a major bottom “together” in late March 2020. Over subsequent months, ferocious bull moves emerged in both districts.

However, since around early March 2021, prices for emerging stock marketplaces have diverged somewhat from the S+P 500. The emerging stock theater stands around seven percent beneath its mid-February 2021 top, whereas the S+P 500 has marched relentlessly to record heights. Will this divergence persist for an extended period?

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Financial Marketplaces- Convergence and Divergence Stories (4-6-21)