• 2024 1Q Letter to Investors: The Magnificent 1?

    While NVIDIA has driven the market’s valuations higher, we continue to find valuation opportunities that meet our quality standards, leading our U.S. FSV portfolio to its widest free cash flow yield premium in its history. Our Small/Mid QV and International FSV portfolios likewise offer very attractive combinations of valuation and quality.

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  • 2023 Year-End Letter to Investors

    The U.S. equity market’s performance was dominated by its largest constituents during 2023.  Looking at the annual performance of an equal weighted index of large stocks compared to a cap-weighted one shows that 2023 was the second worst year for the equal weight index going back to 1930!

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  • 2023-3Q Letter to Investors: Avoiding Risk

    October 11, 2023: Lofty valuations among most of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” stocks place a heavy demand on future growth for those stocks as a group. If history is a guide, failure to achieve those implied growth rates could leave investors sorely disappointed.

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  • 2023-2Q Letter to Investors: Expensive at the Top

    June 30, 2023: A strong rally moved market levels markedly higher in the second quarter, leaving any angst of the first quarter’s focus on banking turmoil behind. The rally, however, was driven mostly by handful of the biggest stocks that look increasingly rich relative to the market overall.

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  • 2023-1Q Letter to Investors: Crosscurrents from Big Tech & Banks

    April 14, 2023: Equity markets rose to start 2023 but experienced crosscurrents from very concentrated gains among a select few of the biggest stocks and weakness in the bank sector. In this environment, our U.S. Fundamental Stability & Value (US FSV) strategy lagged the S&P 500 while comfortably outpacing its value benchmark.

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  • Year-End Letter to Investors: Value Mattered in 2022

    January 11, 2023: Elevated inflation and rising rates are likely to cause economic activity to continue to moderate and even possibly contract, but from a longer-term perspective, this is not unusual and the economy and corporations have weathered much more difficult circumstances in the recent past.

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  • 2022 3Q Letter to Investors: Races are Won in the Turns

    October 14, 2022: The title of this letter is an auto racing adage that aptly applies to investing. It highlights that much more than in the straightaways, it is in the turns, both entering and coming out of them, where drivers differentiate themselves.

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  • 2022 2Q Letter to Investors: YTD Sell-Off Drives Rotation

    July 19, 2022: On measures of free cash flow, stocks have gotten notably less expensive in the first six months of 2022, and the first chart highlights the free cash flow yield now expected for both the U.S. FSV strategy and the S&P 500.

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  • 2022 1Q Letter to Investors: Differing Drivers of Returns

    April 11, 2022: In the first quarter of 2022, each of Distillate’s strategies (U.S. FSV, Intl. FSV, and Small QV) outperformed their primary benchmarks.  Crucially, performance both recently and over prior years has resulted from a very different driver of price gains compared to the market.

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