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12/31/18
Heartland Select Value Fund Portfolio Manager Commentary

Heartland Select Value Fund 4Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Security selection was strong and the Fund beat its benchmark, the Russell 3000® Value Index, for both the quarter and full year.

12/31/18
Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund Portfolio Manager Commentary

Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund 4Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

A focus on potential economic pitfalls resulted in a jump in volatility, a move toward more defensive areas of the market, and a heightened focus on valuations.

12/31/18
Heartland Value Plus Fund Portfolio Manager Commentary

Heartland Value Plus Fund 4Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

We remain confident that while the pace of earnings growth may slow in 2019, underlying economic fundamentals remain relatively solid.

12/31/18
Heartland Value Fund Portfolio Manager Commentary

Heartland Value Fund 4Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Economic uncertainty could cause investors to seek more reasonably valued businesses over high-flying glamor names.

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9/30/18

Heartland Select Value Fund 3Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Employment and corporate earnings remained robust, but building headwinds stoked debate about whether the economy was entering a new phase.

9/30/18

Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund 3Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Strong employment figures, robust manufacturing readings, and bullish consumer sentiment reignited a fear of missing out on the part of investors.

9/30/18

Heartland Value Plus Fund 3Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Investors sought clarity as they faced conflicting macro headlines for much of the period.

9/30/18

Heartland Value Fund 3Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

An uncertain future has led some investors to take a risky path in pursuit of growth and momentum.

6/30/18

Heartland Select Value Fund 2Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Employment and corporate earnings remained robust, but building headwinds stoked debate about whether the economy was entering a new phase.

6/30/18

Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund 2Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and talk of trade wars injected uncertainty into an economy that otherwise showed signs of continued strength.

6/30/18

Heartland Value Plus Fund 2Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

The vitality of the business climate appears underappreciated.

6/30/18

Heartland Value Fund 2Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Investors responded to a murky economic outlook by gravitating toward growth-oriented names, defensive areas, and larger businesses.

3/31/18

Heartland Select Value Fund 1Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Investors rang in the New Year celebrating the passage of tax cuts but then quickly turned their attention to potential market headwinds.

3/31/18

Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund 1Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

New trade tariffs, a sixth rate-hike from the Federal Reserve, and budding inflation left investors searching for opportunities that have the potential to thrive in a less accommodative world.

3/31/18

Heartland Value Plus Fund 1Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Economic data continues to reflect a buoyant economy.

3/31/18

Heartland Value Fund 1Q18 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Investors responded to a murky economic outlook by gravitating toward growth-oriented names, defensive areas, and larger businesses.

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In addition to stocks of large companies, the Funds invest in small- and mid-sized companies that are generally less liquid and more volatile than large companies. The Select Value, Mid Cap Fund, and Value Plus Funds invest in a smaller number of stocks (generally 40 to 60, 30 to 60, and 40 to 70, respectively) than the average mutual fund. The performance of these holdings generally will increase the volatility of the Funds’ returns. There can be no assurance that the Mid Cap Value Fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the Board of Directors may determine to liquidate the Fund.

Value investments are subject to the risk that their intrinsic value may not be recognized by the broad market.

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