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

  • 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 ➝

  • Apr 9 2021

    Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q1 2021 Commentary   More information including since-inception performance for each of the strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. Vaccines and stimulus provided a double-barreled boost to equity markets in the quarter, with particularly sharp gains in lower quality, more economically sensitive stocks. These sharp gains produced significant headwinds for the quality-biased  Read more ➝

  • Feb 17 2021

    Stonks, Stocks, Traders and Owners February 2021 If you owned two businesses, one profitable and growing and the other chronically losing money and languishing, to which would you allocate additional resources? Business owners are tasked with making successful capital allocation decisions that will propel their companies forward for the long-term benefit of their shareholders, their  Read more ➝