2010 Summer Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC After beginning the year with a strong first quarter performance, the stock market finished the first half down following a very weak second quarter. For the year through June, the S & P 500, with dividends, was down 6.65%. Investors grew concerned in the second quarter about…

2009 Year-end Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC 2009 Market Indices Results: Standard & Poor’s 500 26.5% Dow Jones Industrial Average 22.7% As the above results illustrate, the past year was pleasant for equity investors and provided some salve to the wounds inflicted by the bear market. But if you feel the decade just ended…

2009 Summer Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC The first six months of 2009 provided investors with an exhilarating ride as the S&P 500 plunged over 25% by March, to the lowest level in over a decade, then roared back 40% by the end of the second quarter. After the excitement ended, the net result…

2008 Year-end Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC We always begin our year-end letters with a brief review of the relevant investment statistics for the year. We will continue that tradition, although we recognize that few investors need the specifics to appreciate the extraordinary events in the capital markets. In 2008, the investment news became…

2008 Summer Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC The weight of the challenges facing the U. S. economy took a heavy toll on the equity markets in the first half of the year. The S&P 500 fell 11.92%, the weakest first half since 2002. From its October 2007 high to the low reached in July,…

2007 Year-end Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC Although 2007 was a year of growing market volatility and economic angst, the returns for the broad market were only moderately below the long-term average. Hidden behind the broad numbers were some extremely wide divergences in business and stock performance across industries and companies. The S&P 500,…

2007 Summer Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC After a nearly flat first quarter, the stock market moved solidly higher in the second quarter. The S&P 500 was up, with dividends, 6.24% and is up 6.99%, with dividends, through mid-year. Bond prices fell and yields rose with the ten-year Treasury bond yield rising to 5.03%…

2006 Year-end Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC The S&P 500 finished the first half of the year with a modest total return, including dividends, of 2.71%. The overall results give an impression of placidity, but belie the turbulence the equity markets have experienced since spring. The relative calm of the first quarter gave way…

2006 Summer Letter

To Our Clients and Friends of Parthenon LLC The S&P 500 finished the first half of the year with a modest total return, including dividends, of 2.71%. The overall results give an impression of placidity, but belie the turbulence the equity markets have experienced since spring. The relative calm of the first quarter gave way…

2005 Winter Letter

The stock market fought, and barely won, the battle in 2005 against dramatically rising energy costs and relentless Federal Reserve interest rate increases. For the year, the S&P 500 with dividends was up a modest 4.9%. The Dow Jones Industrial average was down fractionally before dividends, but up 1.7% including dividends. During the year oil…