ECONOMIC UPDATES

Mar16, 2020

Bear Market Territory

Wow, what a crazy week it has been. The country is in virtual lockdown as people learn “social distancing” which, it is hoped, will delay and reduce the spread of disease and with it, the burdens on our nation’s hospitals and health care staffs.  Nothing seems too shocking anymore, including news, just in, that all restaurants in Ohio will be shut down after 9pm tonight.  Take-out and delivery service, only. [Read More]

Mar09, 2020

Correction Territory

I left the office yesterday at 3pm and the market was down one percent.  That didn’t feel too bad considering the rapid declines of the past week.  But within sixty minutes, the wheels had fallen off the proverbial truck, with the market sliding 4.4% on the day. It was Tuesday morning, I believe, that a strategist’s comments passed my desk, mentioning that the market had declined more in four days than it had in any four-day period in decades. [Read More]

Jan17, 2020

Broadleaf Partners 2020 Investment Playbook

At the end of each year, we like to look back on the year that was and consider what we got right, what we got wrong, and what we might have learned in the process.  We then turn our attention to the year to come, hoping that by putting our thoughts in writing, we’ll gain greater clarity on the factors that might drive our investment returns in the future.  [Read More]

Jan03, 2020

Fourth Quarter 2019 Performance Commentary and Review

The Broadleaf Growth Equity Portfolio (BGEP) posted a full year return of 40.4%, well ahead of strong gains posted by the S&P 500.  (This comes after last year's strong results, in which the BGEP was also up in a down year for the S&P 500.) Is a new all-time high reason to be cautious or confirmation that the economy is on stable ground? [Read More]