Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q4 2020 Commentary

DOWNLOAD PDF Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q4 2020 Commentary More information including since-inception performance for each of the strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. 2020: A Long Strange Trip Investors who decided to ignore the news, leave their brokerage statements unopened and simply view the results of the full twelve months of 2020 would be  Read more ➝

The Long Strange Trip of 2020, December 15, 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF To borrow heavily from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, what a long, strange trip 2020 has been. After beginning the year with great expectations (remember images like the one below?) and with the strong market returns of 2019 vivid in the minds of investors, the world faced the reality  Read more ➝

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q3 2020 Commentary

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q3 2020 Commentary Additional information and since-inception performance for each of the Ballast strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. Ballast Strategy Performance Market participants experienced two sharply different environments during the quarter with U.S. equities marching higher propelled by stimulus fuel in July and August while renewed investor concerns, market volatility,  Read more ➝

The Crowded House of Investing, September 2020

Investors’ Choice: Crowded House or Prudent Distancing? September 2020 Despite the recent volatility in large cap U.S. stocks, performance leadership has been driven by the top ten contributors in the S&P 500 more greatly than any other period in the past ten years. Shares of large technology companies continued to march higher in August, causing  Read more ➝

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q2 2020 Commentary

Ballast is proud to note that its Quality Value Smallcap Strategy has attained a three-year track record as of June 30, 2020 with performance that outpaced both relevant indexes. Additional information and since-inception performance for each of the strategies may be found at www.ballastequity.com. Ballast Strategy Performance Investors apparently listened when, in late March, Federal  Read more ➝

Ballast Equity Management, LLC Q1 2020 Commentary

  Ballast Strategy Performance After a positive start in 2020, markets experienced a long-awaited correction during March. Each correction in history is different, but this time is quite unlike the last, the financial crisis of 2008, due to its combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi/Russia oil trade wars, supply and demand shocks and the swift  Read more ➝

Pricey Markets, COVID-19 and the Benefits of Quality Investing

  The long running bull market was punctuated by a sharp correction in major U.S. markets last week, with uncertainty caused by the increasing spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. As often happens in such corrections, investors appeared to broadly sell risk assets in the early days followed by a more discriminate selling that hit stocks  Read more ➝

BALLAST EQUITY MANAGEMENT Q4 2019 Commentary

Stocks and other risk assets rallied into the year-end, aided by the Federal Reserve’s third cut in interest rates, diminished trade war fears, strong labor markets and resilient consumers. The rally lifted stocks broadly, and particularly lifted those of lower-quality, less profitable and more leveraged businesses, producing headwinds for the quality-biased Ballast strategies. 2019 began  Read more ➝

BALLAST EQUITY MANAGEMENT Q3 2019

The quarter ending September 30 saw modest returns in U.S. mid-cap stocks while returns of small cap indexes were slightly negative. The quarter included a brief, yet sharp, period in September where value stocks outperformed their growth counterparts, leading many to wonder whether the long-awaited leadership of value stocks might be at hand. We remain in  Read more ➝

Ballast Equity Management Q2 2019

Following the wild gyrations of the equity markets in late 2018 and first quarter of 2019, returns were more modest during the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Each of the Ballast Equity Management strategies exceeded its primary and secondary indexes during the quarter and we are pleased to note that the BEM Quality Value Midcap  Read more ➝