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Inflation vs. Stocks and Bonds

Samuel A. Kiburz Sep 27, 2022
chart shows the relationship between stocks and bonds


Today’s Chart of the Day comes from S&P Dow Jones Indices.

One of the first investment lessons my father taught me was that when stocks go down, bonds go up, and vice versa.

This relationship, measured by a positive correlation measured in the chart, has held for a long time; however, this year the relationship broke down and has headed into negative territory.

The laws of finance are not broken, and the relationship is still there; however, it is being masked by increased inflation which hurts the prices of stocks and bonds.

P.S. I still remember Black Monday in 1987. At the age of 13, the 100 shares of stock I owned, bought from mowing lawns, went down to pennies. I bought another 1,000 shares for $100 with the dream of getting rich when the market came back. However, that company eventually went out of business. I still have the stock certificate and the “should have been diversified” lesson with me today.

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