Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Adviser has reimbursed certain Fund expenses and the Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. For performance information current to the most recent month end, click on Total Returns By Month tab above.
*As of fiscal year ended 12/31/2012, the estimated gross expense of the Fund's Retail Shares was 8.65% but the estimated net expense ratio was 1.10% (net of the Adviser's fee waiver).
Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) North American Natural Resources Sector Index is a modified capitalization-weighted equity index of U.S.- traded natural resources-related stocks, including mining, energy, paper and forest products, and plantation owning companies. The S&P 500 Index measures the performance of 500 widely held large-cap U.S. companies. The indexes and the Baron Energy and Resources Fund are with dividends, which positively impacts the performance results. The Morningstar Equity Energy Category Average is not weighted and represents the straight average of annualized returns of each of the funds in the category. The Fund's Institutional Shares have been included in the category since inception. As of 6/30/13, the category consisted of 148, 140, and 124 funds for the 3-month, year-to-date and 1-Year periods. © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Morningstar information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.