Gold! Are a new class of investors treating it like Treasuries?
The evidence: A stunningly high correlation of Gold to 20+ Year Treasuries (Symbol: TLT) from July 21 through August 16 is 0.89. Over that period, Gold is up 12.3%, while Treasuries up 11.8% (not counting yesterday's spasm).
Contrast this to a correlation of 0.5 over the periods July 21, 2009 – July 21, 2011 and it appears Gold and Treasuries are now behaving as one and the same, moving in lockstep fashion. Of course, Treasuries are a much broader and deeper market, and a move in Bonds represents trillions of dollars of activity, versus Gold, which is orders of magnitude smaller.
Perhaps investors who might otherwise flock to Treasuries during risk-off modes are now flocking to Gold?