My Investing Journey with Passive Income, Stocks, and Cryptocurrencies!

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Correlations in my Portfolio

I decided to do a correlation analysis on my ENTIRE PORTFOLIO of stocks (and some ETF’s). In case you don’t already know CORRELATION measures the possible relationship between two items, in this case their price movements. Keep in mind, correlation isn’t causation and there could be a 3rd (or even more variables) that are influencing these movements.

Also, note, CORRELATION changes over time, it doesn’t stay the same from one week to the next, or in the case of extremely volatile markets, correlations may diverge quickly. In addition, correlation doesn’t tell you anything about the magnitude at which one stock would follow another. Just because one stock goes up 20%, the other will not necessarily follow.

I took the Year to Data data from and exported into Google Sheets. I then ran correlations using FUNCTIONS, putting the values into the TABLE shown below.

Here is a link to the pdf

Stocks with NO CORRELATION to other stocks

The first thing I noticed was there are some stocks that share no strong correlation with other stocks. Namely, Marten Transportation, Allison Transmissions, Teradyne, Mindmed, and Virgin Galactic. Honestly, I expected Mindmed to be disconnected due to the small size of the stock and the extreme volatile nature of price action. Likewise, Virgin Galactic is similar in behavior, being a company that has yet to generate any revenues, profits, and is a high beta stock. What are the surprises? I fully expected Marten would be somewhat correlated to the Russell 2000, companies of similar market cap, or SAIA (another trucking stock I own). However, this turns out not to be the case. Teradyne is another surprise; I wrongfully assumed this stock would have correlation with other tech stocks in my portfolio. It shows no strong correlation with any other stock in my portfolio.

Are any stocks correlated with TLT?

Seeing as how TLT is one of the few things with a history of negative correlation with the stock market, I was interested to see if anything might follow TLT closely?

One of the most interesting things in the data set is how Chewy shares the most correlation with TLT, a value of .690, Gold is the 2nd highest at .490.

A possible explanation? Last year, Chewy was seen as a stay at home stock, safer from the pandemic exposure. Since the beginning of the year and the opening up trade, Chewy has slid a bit. It appears, there is a small directional movement with TLT, acting as a FEAR trade. This is the only possible explanation I can offer.

On the other hand, look at my REGIONAL BANK, Citizen’s Financial Group; it shows a negative correlation of -.765. One plausible explanation-as yields drop, the price of TLT increases, and Bank stocks inversely drop. It’s assumed banks make more money if interest rates are higher. One might infer that TLT and CFG (or another regional bank stock) may act as a hedge on the other. I know some people like to dabble in trading pairs and this evidence could be promising to do that (outside of my realm).


IPAC is the only pure international play I have in my portfolio; exposure mostly to Japan and Australia. .646 with ITOT or the Total Stock Market ETF, .786 with IWM (Russell 2000). This does show that this particular ETF is not as correlated as it has been in the past, so, offering another layer of diversification with the Broad Market.


Uber and Pins seem to be in their own world, the only stocks with somewhat closer correlation with one another. Both big growth stocks, both more speculative and volatile.

Netflix seems to be in a class by itself as well, while it does share some relationship with PINS (.755), it shows no signs of strong correlation with anything.


Gold (IAU) and Kirkland Lake (Gold Miner) are closely correlated at .911 as expected. IAU is not closely correlated to the Broader market or The Russell 2000 Index. On the other hand, I did notice there seems to be a somewhat negative correlation to the HOSPITALITY industry. -.656 with Hyatt, -.573 with Ryman Hospitality Properties, -.401 with Xenia Hotels. I currently don’t have much of an answer why gold and the hospitality industry would be negatively correlated. I am not seeing any correlation between inflation fears and gold price at the moment, so it must be something other than inflation/price worries. However, with this data, trading pairs of IAU and a hotel stock might be something someone could play around with? Looking back over the data, I do notice that TLT and the hospitality sector seems to have a very negative correlation as well. Perhaps we are back to the opening up trade again, things like Gold and TLT represent FEAR and the hospitality industry represents SAFE, so they are trading opposite at the moment.


I was quite anxious to see if my XLE, oil/energy ETF would have strong correlation with anything other than the broad market. The findings:

The strongest correlation is with my bank stock. Once again, maybe oil and the bank stock are moving in tandem due to interest rate and inflation concerns? I expected it to be correlated somewhat with Eastman Chemicals (.885) as it is an industrial as well.


This was a fun project. I learned some things I didn’t know about my portfolio, such as correlations existing that I wouldn’t have thought existed. Part of the reason I did this is because I still want to trim my portfolio down. If I have a bunch of correlated stocks, one of them might make a good prospect for being cut from the portfolio. In the future I plan to do a shorter time span correlation analysis to see how the numbers are changing in the last month. We must keep in mind Correlation is not a static number, it changes day to day, environment to environment. Once again, it says nothing about the magnitude of gains or losses. So new data must be taken in and changes made from there.

INSANE Returns

All I can say is the returns lately have been absolutely INSANE.

I want to highlight some picks over the last six months here:

1)CHEWY-Chewy just had a fantastic report and is seeing numerous upgrades and higher price targets. I think we go even higher from here. Every time I drive around I see Chewy Boxes at people’s houses to be recycled. Most importantly, they have great customer service and people love this company (and their pets). I have literally been buying more shares every month. I’ll be holding this one a long time! Currently up 46%

2)HOOKER FURNITURE COMPANY-Out of nowhere this has been my turnaround kid. The last six months has just been INSANE with this company. I went from being down in this stock in 2019 to now I am up almost 30%, some tranches up over 120%. This past earnings report was incredible and they just raised the dividend by 12%. I will be holding this smaller cap stock a very long-time as well. Their social media presence really shows the strength of this company with it’s customers.

3)VIRGIN GALACTIC-This is by far one of my riskiest investments. At the same time, the returns have been incredible. I am now up 57%, with some tranches up 85%. At the moment, the company isn’t bringing in any revenues but I think this one could go to outer space sure enough.

4)KAISER ALUMINUM-If you’ve watched this blog, you know I’ve been in and out of this stock many times over the last two years. After the March Crash I saw an opportunity, the stock was at a NINE YEAR LOW. So I dug in and I kept adding. Well, they made an acquisition of a can company; this resulted in the stock going up 10% in one day and another 12% the next. I am now up over 40% in KALU. I knew it would be some nice gains but I thought it would be years before I saw this. I’ll take it!

5)CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP-I’ve never bought a bank stock before, I’ve been leery of them for years. However, I kept running numbers/figures on CFG and just firmly believed it was undervalued, trading under Tangible Book value. Turns out I was right and now I’m up over 26% in this one as well, not counting those dividends. What a dividend! It was yielding over 5.5% in some of my tranches. I believe the banking sector is going to be fine with these low interest rates. CFG reported a 1% reduction in interest rate income but non-interest rate income was up over 30%. These banks are going to find plenty of ways to make money.

In summary, this is the strongest my portfolio has ever performed. My Brokerage account which has under performed for awhile is now the HUGE outperformer. On a 3 month basis my brokerage is beating the market by 12%, on a 1 month basis it is beating it by 4.20%. My IRA has slid a bit (underperforming the market by about .5%). However, YTD it is ahead by just a small bit.

I’m anxious to see how I do in 2021. So far 2020 has been a huge success. I firmly believe this is because in my IRA I pulled out before the March Crash and then I went back in buying hand over fist things like Stanley Black & Decker at rock bottom prices. My brokerage account performance was greatly enhanced by my sell of Eaton Vance (Up 53%) and it was my 4th largest holding.

Looking forward to the rest of the year and 2021!!!!!

I just passed $300 in PASSIVE INCOME!

I just passed one of my milestones, breaking $300 in PASSIVE INCOME.

Here is my breakdown of how I did it

1)Patreon $114.96

Patreon continues to be my outperformer, I love this site.

2)Google Adsense $3.04

3)Teachable $58.62

Teachable is where I sell my Digital Music Teaching videos for download and sale.

4)Skillshare $26.85

Not a bad month for skillshare, I generally average around $20 a month from my online music course on the site.

5)Stock Dividends $117.05; Now this is my complete TOTAL of dividends which includes my Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, and Brokerage account. Not all of these dividends can or should be withdrawn today.

6)Digital Products $15.03

This is from sheet music sales. I only sold a few this month.

7)Amazon Affiliate $2.81

This gave me a total of $338.36 in passive income with a total of $239.47 that I could potentially take out as income today.

Lastly, I’d like to end by stating I’m now officially monetized on my youtube music channel so that will add somewhere around 30-40 dollars to my passive income as well next month. Good things coming down the pipe!



  • Adsense $4.96
  • Amazon Affiliate $2.82
  • Skillshare $9.21
  • Digital Products $24.50
  • Patreon $76.81 (Before Taxes)
  • Teachable $9.21
  • Dividends $12.33
  • Dividends in retirement accounts $101.21
  • Swing trading $37.06



Some notable improvements, last month I had ZERO Digital Products and Amazon Affiliate income. So even though they are small amounts, it is a positive movement. Patreon, like last month, continues to be the outperforming. My swing trades for the month include ROKU and FACEBOOK, both over an 8% return.


Putnam Municipal Income CEF (PMM) $.26

Marten Transport $0.20

Genpact $1.46

HOFT $10.40

In my Traditional IRA:

IEF $.61

SWK $11.04

Kforce $2.20

Cash $0.01


The MAIN thing I’m doing is contributing more and more into ITOT (A total market ETF). I am also selling small portions of VALUE/DIVIDEND stocks like Westrock, Medical Properties Trust, and American Eagle Outfitters.

I want to increase my positions in growth stocks like Chewy, Fortinet, Akamai, and Marten Transportation.

I’m also buying small portions of the gold ETF, IAU. I think Gold still has a little bit more to run before another pullback.

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