The information contained on this site is intended for institutional investors only, and is published strictly for informational purposes only without regard to the investment objective, financial situation or specific needs of any particular investor. The information is not intended for use by institutional investors in a jurisdiction where distribution or purchase is not authorized.
An institutional investor is one that falls within one or more of the following categories:
If you do not fall within at least one of the above categories you should not access the information contained in the site.
Baron Capital Management, Inc. makes reasonable efforts to ensure the material on the site is as accurate and timely as possible and that disruptions of service are minimal, Baron Capital Management, Inc. makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the availability of this site or the services or the accuracy of the information on it. In addition, the information contained on the site is in no way intended to constitute investment advice, an offer to sell, or a recommendation of any security or investment product. In fact, the products described herein may not be available to, or suitable for, all investors. You should consider, if appropriate, obtaining independent professional advice before making an investment decision. Please consider the charges, risks, expenses and investment objectives carefully before investing. Nothing on this site is intended to constitute legal or tax advice.
Please keep in mind that the opinions and views expressed through the content and commentaries published on the site are just that - opinions and views - and that they are published on the site for informational purposes only. In addition, views and opinions are based on the information available at the time and may not necessarily be shared by Baron Capital Management, Inc., or its employees, in general. As the investing environment changes, so could this information, and Baron Capital Management, Inc. has no responsibility to update it.
Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance. Investment results and principal value will fluctuate so shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should be aware of the additional risks associated with investments in non-diversification, undervalued or overlooked companies and investments in specific industries. Additional risks may include those associated with investing in foreign securities, emerging markets, and companies with relatively small market capitalizations.
By selecting “I Agree” below, you confirm that you are an institutional investor or consultant to an institutional investor.
Baron offers accredited non-U.S. investors and qualified tax-exempt U.S. investors a range of options for investing in the equity market. Our investment vehicles include SICAV funds, separate accounts, collective investment trusts, and Baron USA Partners Fund.
This website may not be suitable for everyone, and if you are at all unsure whether an investment product referenced on this website will meet your individual needs, please seek professional advice before proceeding further with such product. Nothing on this website is, or is intended to be, an offer, advice, or an invitation to buy or sell any investments, in any jurisdiction where, or to anyone whom it would be unlawful to do so. By clicking “I Agree” below you acknowledge that you have read and understood this important information. Information on this website is issued by Baron Capital, Inc.
For any queries or questions coming from EU/EEA potential investors, please contact Arnaud Gérard, CFA, Managing Director FundRock Distribution at Arnaud.GERARD@Fundrock.com or call +352691992088.
For information on Baron Capital or any queries or questions coming from non-EU/EEA potential investors, please contact Stephen Millar, VP, Head of EMEA Institutional Sales at email@example.com or call +44(0)7769-958822.
By selecting “I Agree” below, you confirm that you are an accredited non-U.S. investor or a qualified tax-exempt U.S. investor.
The link you have selected is not available within the Institution user experience. You will be switched to view this website as a Financial Advisor.
When you wish to view strategies again, click an 'Institution' link within the 'View As' menu or 'Strategies' in the footer.
Thank you for your email. We will respond as soon as possible.
as of 12/31/23
Following a downdraft from the end of July through October, the markets went on a bull run in the last two months of 2023. Improving inflation data coupled with dovish comments from the Federal Reserve spurred an “everything rally.” In a significant shift from its earlier stance, the Fed suggested it was planning three interest rates cuts over 2024. The end of “higher for longer” rate fears especially boosted growth and small-cap stocks, as the market views these categories as beneficiaries of lower rates. Despite low unemployment and robust consumer spending – typically viewed as inflation drivers -- inflation continued to trend lower, with the annual inflation rate dropping to 3.1% in November. Investor fears of a recession were replaced by optimism that the Fed had successfully orchestrated a “soft landing,” generating further cause for cheer on top of the prospect that the Fed would soon start cutting interest rates. The FactSet Global FinTech Index returned 15.54% in the quarter.
Baron FinTech Fund increased in the fourth quarter. Financials, Information Technology (IT), and Consumer Discretionary holdings contributed the most. No sector detracted. Gains within Financials were led by third largest contributor S&P Global, Inc. Block, Inc. was another noteworthy performer within the sector. Shares of this mobile payment company rebounded after reporting healthy gross profit growth and profitability that beat Street estimates. We retain conviction due to Block’s long runway for growth, durable moat, and unique corporate culture. IT had a strong quarter, with top contributor Fair Isaac Corporation and second largest contributor Intuit Inc. within the sector. MercadoLibre, Inc. drove positive returns within Consumer Discretionary. Shares of Latin America's leading e-commerce company increased on quarterly results that beat Street expectations across the board. The company is generating above-market growth in gross merchandise value across its major markets and increasingly outperforming peers, particularly in Brazil.
While we are certainly aware of the macroeconomic environment, we do not invest based on predictions of GDP growth, inflation, interest rates, or foreign currencies. We take an agnostic approach to short-term market and economic forecasts because nobody really knows. We do know economies tend to grow and equity markets tend to appreciate over time. We also know fintech includes a plethora of companies with long runways for growth and durable competitive advantages that we expect will outperform the broader equity market over the long run.
We have curated a diversified portfolio of fintech businesses to reduce exposure to any single economic outcome. The portfolio is balanced across seven themes, each of which is influenced by idiosyncratic factors. We include a mix of Leaders and Challengers, with the relative mix driven by top-down risk considerations and bottom-up opportunities. We believe fintech remains in the early innings of growth, as incumbent financial institutions still have a long digitization journey ahead and younger consumers continue favoring digital solutions.
as of 12/31/23