A first observation, then, is that as the number of holdings increases, covariance becomes increasingly important, all else equal.
all else equal = if all other things that could affect the situation in question remain the same
All else equal, we will go on a picnic tomorrow.
If the weather remains sunny, if the car remains in good condition, if all the participants remain available etc., we will go on a picnic tomorrow.
Other commonly used variations on this phrase are “everything else being equal”, or “all other things being equal”.