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

 

Leadership

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

  • Jul 15 2021

    Ballast Equity Management, LLC Investment Strategies Offered on the SMArtX Platform Oakbrook Terrace, IL – July 2021 – Ballast Equity Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor, today announced their investment strategies are now available on SMArtX Advisory Solutions (“SMArtX”), a leading innovator in unified managed accounts (UMA) technology and architect of the SMArtX turnkey asset  Read more ➝

  • Jul 8 2021

    Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q2 2021 Commentary More information including a since-inception performance for each of the strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. Further reopening of the U.S. economy fueled robust economic growth and rising markets during the quarter. In just five memorable quarters, we have gone from a severe economic contraction and uncertainty to  Read more ➝

  • Apr 22 2021

    JEFF KAUTZ is Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of Ballast Equity Management LLC. Prior to founding Ballast, he was with Perkins Investment Management from 1997 to 2015, where he held roles including CEO, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Kautz also served as co-manager of the Janus Henderson Mid Cap Value Fund  Read more ➝