20 years of successful investing

We believe a portfolio of high quality small- and mid-cap value stocks can deliver superior risk adjusted returns over a full market cycle

There are many obstacles that investors need to overcome

To achieve their long-term financial goals

Volatility weighs down returns

Investors emphasizing high quality small- and mid cap value companies can limit their portfolio’s volatility and help maximize the effects of compounding over a full market cycle



There is no substitute for experience. Over the past 20 years we have helped our clients navigate a variety of market environments and build long-term wealth.

Investment Process

Build a portfolio of high quality small- and mid-cap value companies that deliver high returns on invested capital sustained through durable competitive advantages.

Stable Value Portfolio

Our goal is to outperform our benchmark and peers over a full market cycle with less volatility, thereby offering our clients a smoother ride toward achieving their long term financial goals.

Ballast Mission

At Ballast we strive to deliver a smoother ride in good markets and bad, seeking to help our clients reach their long-term financial goals by setting clear expectations and through investment in high-quality small- and mid-cap value stocks.

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Invest With Ballast

There are many challenges that investors struggle to overcome that can limit long-term success. Ballast Equity Management understands these challenges and has experience to help you reach your goals.

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Invest With Ballast

There are many challenges that investors struggle to overcome which can limit long-term success.  This is where Ballast Equity Management can help with proven performance and experience. Let us take you through our investment process.

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Investor Resources

  • Jan 6 2023

    Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q4 2022 Commentary   Q4 2022 began with a bear market rally that continued into November but waned in December. Rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and Chairman Powell’s comments that it was too soon to consider a pause tested investors’ resolve. November’s mid-term election delivered the ingredients for gridlock in  Read more ➝

  • Jul 8 2022

    Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q2 2022 Commentary   More information including since-inception performance for each of the strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. Stocks were sharply lower during the second quarter of 2022, as persistently high inflation and the response from the Federal Reserve sparked worries over the severity of a resulting economic slowdown and  Read more ➝

  • Jun 29 2022

    Ballast Equity Management was founded in 2016 as an independent, employee-owned advisory firm by Jeff Kautz and Randy Hughes. Jeff and Randy began investing together twenty-five years ago at Perkins Investment Management, where their boss and mentor, Bob Perkins, first hired Randy in 1995 and then Jeff in 1997. The business and their careers grew.  Read more ➝