What’s Next?

The markets have enjoyed a record setting bear market rally of nearly 30% from the intraday lows reached on March 23rd, nearly a month ago.  Bear market rallies, defined as short term, powerful upside moves within a bear market environment are commonplace, but this one has been so strong that in the absence of general news, one might wonder if anything unusual was occurring in the world. [Read More]

2020-04-15T12:41:39-04:00April 15th, 2020|Economic Updates|

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]

2020-03-16T09:41:48-04:00March 16th, 2020|Economic Updates|

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]

2020-03-12T15:44:15-04:00March 9th, 2020|Economic Updates|

Waterboarded, Mr. Market Style

The markets this quarter haven’t been much fun. In fact, it’s felt a little like a waterboarding – a few brutal down days are followed by a single up day reprieve – which allows for a moment to catch one’s breath – before the deluge resumes once again. Rinse, cycle, repeat. We have had the […]

2018-11-20T16:03:02-05:00November 20th, 2018|Economic Updates|

Fourth Quarter 2017 Commentary and Review

Growth stocks enjoyed strong results in the fourth quarter, bringing full year 2017 returns on a net of fees basis to 36% for the Broadleaf Growth Equity Portfolio.  After lagging the major indices considerably last year, 2017 was certainly growth’s opportunity to shine. Our annualized returns are ahead of the S&P 500’s over the past […]

2018-01-03T17:13:27-05:00January 3rd, 2018|Economic Updates|

Third Quarter 2017 Commentary and Review

Growth stocks enjoyed strong third quarter results, bringing our year to date return on a net of fees basis to 24.2% for the Broadleaf Growth Equity Portfolio.  After lagging the major indices considerably last year, 2017 has been growth’s opportunity to shine, something we  discuss further in the market review and outlook section, below. Our […]

2017-10-03T15:33:43-04:00October 3rd, 2017|Blog, Economic Updates|

Second Quarter 2017 Performance Commentary

Growth stocks continued their strong first quarter run during the second quarter, bringing the year to date net of fees results to 16.6% for the Broadleaf Growth Equity Portfolio.  This year is a perfect example of mean reversion, as last year’s strong relative outperformance for value stocks has given way to the same in 2017 […]

2017-07-05T16:26:19-04:00July 5th, 2017|Economic Updates|

First Quarter 2017 Commentary and Review

Unlike last year which was one of the worst starts for the market in recent memory, 2017 has started out on a strong note.  The Broadleaf Growth Equity portfolio gained nice ground on the indices during the first quarter of the year, up 10% net of fees.  Since inception and over the past ten years […]

2017-04-04T18:55:37-04:00April 4th, 2017|Economic Updates|

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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 […]

2017-01-17T16:54:24-05:00January 17th, 2017|Economic Updates|

Fourth Quarter 2016 Commentary and Performance

There is no sugar coating the obvious.  In a complete reversal of our strong absolute and relative results from 2015, this year was an outright disappointment for the Broadleaf Growth Equity Portfolio and many other growth fund managers.  While we were essentially flat for the full year, the degree to which we underperformed in 2016 […]

2017-01-04T18:37:09-05:00January 4th, 2017|Economic Updates|
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