Prices & Performance

Prices

as of 06/17/19

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NAV Daily Change ($) Daily Change (%) MTD QTD YTD
$26.38 $0.26 1.00% 4.15% 4.43% 31.77%

Performance

 

as of 05/31/19

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QTD1 YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BGAIX - Baron Global Advantage Fund - I 0.28% 26.52% 9.61% 22.98% 13.45% 14.10% 1.18% 0.90%
MSCI ACWI Index -2.76% 9.09% -1.29% 9.07% 5.22% 8.07%
MSCI ACWI Growth Index -1.90% 12.30% -0.12% 11.10% 7.44% 9.41%

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

as of 03/31/19

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YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BGAIX - Baron Global Advantage Fund - I 26.17% 13.73% 23.81% 13.09% 14.41% 1.59% 0.90%
MSCI ACWI Index 12.18% 2.60% 10.67% 6.45% 8.71%
MSCI ACWI Growth Index 14.48% 4.47% 12.30% 8.52% 9.95%

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

1Not annualized.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

as of 05/31/19

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Year Baron Global Advantage Fund MSCI ACWI Index MSCI ACWI Growth Index
2018 -3.66% -9.42% -8.13%
2017 49.82% 23.97% 30.00%
2016 -0.93% 7.86% 3.27%
2015 -1.51% -2.36% 1.55%
2014 5.32% 4.16% 5.43%
2013 30.13% 22.80% 23.17%
2012 4.20% 5.00% 3.52%

1Not annualized.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

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Record Date Ex Date Payable Date Income Return of Capital Short-Term Capital Gain Long-Term Capital Gain Total Re-Invest NAV Calendar-Yr Return
09/23/2015 09/24/2015 09/25/2015 $0.042 $0.000 $0.000 $0.016 $0.058 $12.63
09/22/2014 09/23/2014 09/24/2014 $0.000 $0.000 $0.001 $0.000 $0.001 $14.27 5.32%

Performance Characteristics

as of 03/31/19

3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 15.21 16.79 15.74
Sharpe Ratio 1.49 0.74 0.88
Alpha (%) 9.68 4.96 4.16
Beta 1.25 1.29 1.19
R-Squared (%) 68.09 72.76 71.36
Tracking Error (%) 8.96 9.35 8.67
Information Ratio 1.47 0.71 0.66
Upside Capture (%) 160.77 142.18 128.77
Downside Capture (%) 96.68 111.01 103.42

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Global Advantage Fund's(BGAIX) benchmark (MSCI ACWI Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

 
NAV $26.38
Daily Change ($) $0.26
Daily Change (%) 1.00%
MTD 4.15%
QTD 4.43%
YTD 31.77%
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BGAIX - Baron Global Advantage Fund - I MSCI ACWI Index MSCI ACWI Growth Index
QTD1 0.28% -2.76% -1.90%
YTD1 26.52% 9.09% 12.30%
1 Year 9.61% -1.29% -0.12%
3 Years 22.98% 9.07% 11.10%
5 Years 13.45% 5.22% 7.44%
Since Inception 14.10% 8.07% 9.41%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.18%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 0.90%

*As of 05/31/19

*Annualized as of 05/31/19

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

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BGAIX - Baron Global Advantage Fund - I MSCI ACWI Index MSCI ACWI Growth Index
YTD1 26.17% 12.18% 14.48%
1 Year 13.73% 2.60% 4.47%
3 Years 23.81% 10.67% 12.30%
5 Years 13.09% 6.45% 8.52%
Since Inception 14.41% 8.71% 9.95%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.59%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 0.90%

*As of 03/31/19

*Annualized as of 05/31/19

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

as of 03/31/19

3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 15.21 16.79 15.74
Sharpe Ratio 1.49 0.74 0.88
Alpha (%) 9.68 4.96 4.16
Beta 1.25 1.29 1.19
R-Squared (%) 68.09 72.76 71.36
Tracking Error (%) 8.96 9.35 8.67
Information Ratio 1.47 0.71 0.66
Upside Capture (%) 160.77 142.18 128.77
Downside Capture (%) 96.68 111.01 103.42

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Global Advantage Fund's(BGAIX) benchmark (MSCI ACWI Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

as of 05/31/19

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Year Baron Global Advantage Fund MSCI ACWI Index MSCI ACWI Growth Index
2018 -3.66% -9.42% -8.13%
2017 49.82% 23.97% 30.00%
2016 -0.93% 7.86% 3.27%
2015 -1.51% -2.36% 1.55%
2014 5.32% 4.16% 5.43%
2013 30.13% 22.80% 23.17%
2012 4.20% 5.00% 3.52%

1Not annualized.

The 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 (by contract as long as BAMCO, Inc. is the adviser to the Fund) 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.

Expense ratios are based on fiscal year ended 12/31/17, restated to reflect current expense waivers.

Select Year
Record Date 09/23/2015 09/22/2014
Ex Date 09/24/2015 09/23/2014
Payable Date 09/25/2015 09/24/2014
Income $0.042 $0.000
Return of Capital $0.000 $0.000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.000 $0.001
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.016 $0.000
Total $0.058 $0.001
Re-Invest NAV $12.63 $14.27
Calendar-Yr Return 5.32%

Portfolio Characteristics

 

as of 03/31/19

Baron Global Advantage Fund MSCI ACWI Index
Net Assets$148.19 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets48 / 92.5%
Turnover (3 Year Average)24.70%
Active Share94.5%
Median Market Cap$10.22 billion$9.42 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap$153.21 billion$149.16 billion
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast)29.8%10.7%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12- month)28.816.2
Price/Book Ratio5.42.0
Price/Sales Ratio6.01.5
Current Expense Ratio Date12/31/2018

The Net Assets include all share classes combined.

Price/Book Ratio and Price/Sales Ratio are calculated using the Weighted Harmonic Average. Source: FactSet PA. Internal valuation metrics may differ.

Holdings

as of 05/31/19

Open All Close All Holding Sector % of Net Assets

Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is an e-commerce pioneer, innovator, and market share leader, with relentless focus on providing value and convenience to its customers. It also operates the industry-leading cloud infrastructure business Amazon Web Services.
Amazon's market share of U.S. online retail sales is over 30%, while its share of global online retail sales is less than 5%. Amazon has numerous avenues for new revenue growth opportunities, including consumer staples, apparel, international expansion, digital media offerings, office and industrial supplies, private label, pharmacy services, and advertising. We believe Amazon represents a unique opportunity to invest in the secular growth of both online retail and cloud computing. We estimate that Amazon Web Services will account for over 50% of Amazon's value over time.

Consumer Discretionary 5.9%

Illumina, Inc.

Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) is the recognized leader in next- generation DNA sequencing platforms.
Illumina has a dominant position in DNA sequencing technology, which is increasingly being used for patient care in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and in reproductive health. We believe the company has a large addressable market and is in the early stages of its growth. Illumina's R&D spend as a percentage of sales is significantly higher than that of its peers, which allows the company to continue to innovate. The company has an attractive razor/razorblade business model with strong recurring revenue and profit margins that we believe have room to expand.

Health Care 4.8%

Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (formerly Google Inc.) is the world's most recognized and dominant online search provider, as well as the owner and operator of YouTube. The company provides a variety of services and tools for advertisers, primarily for search and display advertising.
Alphabet is the largest beneficiary of a secular shift of advertising from all other mediums to online and mobile. Data is becoming increasingly important, and Alphabet has processed and indexed more data than any other company. Alphabet's leadership position in artificial intelligence allows it to leverage its large data sets to quickly improve its products, and subsidiary Waymo provides entry into autonomous driving. We believe Alphabet has the greatest collection of engineering talent of any company we cover, which should allow it to grow and innovate for years to come.

Communication Services 4.0%

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is the largest e-commerce company in the world. Alibaba owns and operates the two largest online shopping platforms in China, Taobao, and Tmall. It also owns a third of Ant Financial, which operates China's largest third-party online payment vendor Alipay.
With over 500 million active buyers and over 10 million merchants, we believe Alibaba is poised to benefit disproportionately from the increased penetration of internet, mobile, and e-commerce in China. It enjoys more than 70% market share of all e-commerce transactions in China, and we expect it to continue growing at a rate of more than 20% for years to come. We also see significant positive optionality in Alibaba's cloud computing, data management, and electronic payment platforms.

Consumer Discretionary 4.0%

Endava plc

Information Technology 3.5%

Veeva Systems Inc.

Veeva Systems Inc. (VEEV) is a leading cloud software provider focused on the life sciences market, with products including multi-channel customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise content management (Vault) offerings. Veeva is now expanding beyond life sciences with its QualityOne product.
Veeva addresses an approximately $8 billion total available market through its current product line, compared to about $5 billion in 2015. The company is employing a "land and expand" strategy by expanding Veeva CRM across divisions and by cross-selling new products like Veeva Vault. As a vertical SaaS company, Veeva has high margins because it is selling into a concentrated target customer base and can spend less on sales and marketing and more narrowly target its R&D investment. We expect Veeva to leverage its products beyond its core market over the next few years.

Health Care 3.5%

Facebook, Inc.

Facebook, Inc. (FB) is the world's largest social network with over 1.5 billion active monthly users, 1 billion mobile users, and over 750 million daily active users. Instagram and Whatsapp are also part of the Facebook network.
Facebook is a unique social platform whose users continue to demonstrate stickiness and high engagement. Advertisers want to be where users are, and Facebook's ability to analyze, target, and show clear, demonstrable, and rising returns on investment makes the platform particularly attractive to them. We believe the company is still in the middle innings of monetizing its vast customer base. In addition, we see significant positive optionality from eventual monetization opportunities in search, video, publishing, Whatsapp, Messenger, and Oculus.

Communication Services 3.4%

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.

Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a supplier of high- performance switch systems, adapters, cables, and software supporting InfiniBand and Ethernet networking technologies.
Mellanox has been a long-term share gainer in its markets. Its products enable servers to communicate faster and more efficiently, reducing total IT costs. We expect the growing use of cloud-based services to increase demand for faster and more reliable communications hardware. Mellanox is a leading provider of high bandwidth, low latency interconnect solutions in the market, and is one generation ahead of its competition. With continuous share gains in the interconnect market, we believe Mellanox can meaningfully grow its earnings over the next five years.

Information Technology 3.3%

argenx SE

argenx SE (ARGX) is a biotech company developing antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune disorders and cancer based on the uniquely powerful immune system of llamas.
argenx's main product, ARGX-113, which treats a rare muscle weakness disorder, showed positive results in a recent clinical trial and has potentially broad applicability in ameliorating overactive antibody-based diseases. We expect the share price to increase as the company proves its products' effectiveness in multiple autoantibody disorders.

Health Care 3.2%

EPAM Systems, Inc.

EPAM Systems, Inc. (EPAM) provides outsourced software development to business customers.
EPAM benefits from growing demand for IT services from businesses around the world. The company's competitive differentiation comes from its ability to hire and retain highly skilled, low-cost software engineers primarily in Eastern Europe and Russia. EPAM's strong technical capabilities and differentiated labor pool enable the company to work on higher-value client projects with better pricing power than peers. We believe EPAM will continue gaining share in a large, growing market by adding new clients and increasing wallet share within existing clients.

Information Technology 3.0%

Total

38.6%

Top Ten Fund Holdings based on net assets. Portfolio holdings may change over time.

as of 03/31/19

Name Sector % of Net Assets

Amazon.com, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 5.3%

Alibaba Group Holding Limited - ADR

Consumer Discretionary 5.2%

Alphabet Inc. - Cl C

Communication Services 4.8%

argenx SE - ADR

Health Care 3.9%

Illumina, Inc.

Health Care 3.8%

Naspers Limited

Consumer Discretionary 3.4%

Veeva Systems Inc. Cl - A

Health Care 3.4%

EPAM Systems, Inc.

Information Technology 3.1%

Constellation Software, Inc.

Information Technology 3.0%

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.

Information Technology 3.0%

Splunk, Inc.

Information Technology 2.9%

Facebook, Inc.

Communication Services 2.9%

Worldpay, Inc.

Information Technology 2.6%

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Communication Services 2.5%

Sage Therapeutics, Inc.

Health Care 2.5%

Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Financials 2.3%

Wix.com Ltd.

Information Technology 2.3%

Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd

Financials 2.2%

Ctrip.com International, Ltd.

Consumer Discretionary 2.0%

MercadoLibre, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 2.0%

HDFC Bank Limited - ADR

Financials 2.0%

Pagseguro Digital Ltd

Information Technology 2.0%

Yext, Inc.

Information Technology 1.9%

TAL Education Group - ADR

Consumer Discretionary 1.8%

Globant, S.A.

Information Technology 1.7%

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Health Care 1.7%

ASML Holding N.V.

Information Technology 1.6%

Endava plc -ADR

Information Technology 1.6%

Guardant Health, Inc.

Health Care 1.5%

Acceleron Pharma Inc.

Health Care 1.5%

Futu Holdings Limited-ADR

Financials 1.3%

Arco Platform, Ltd. - Class a

Consumer Discretionary 1.0%

RingCentral, Inc.

Information Technology 1.0%

Pinduoduo Inc. - ADR

Consumer Discretionary 1.0%

Okta, Inc.

Information Technology 1.0%

StoneCo Ltd.

Information Technology 0.9%

InflaRx N.V.

Health Care 0.9%

Adyen B.V.

Information Technology 0.8%

Tesla, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 0.7%

Zscaler Inc

Information Technology 0.6%

Anaplan, Inc.

Information Technology 0.6%

Gds Holdings Limited - Adr

Information Technology 0.5%

Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos S.A.

Financials 0.5%

Upwork Inc.

Industrials 0.4%

Meituan Dianping

Consumer Discretionary 0.4%

Lyft, Inc. - Class A

Industrials 0.2%

Mercari Inc

Consumer Discretionary 0.2%

Elastic N.V.

Information Technology 0.1%

GICS SECTOR BREAKDOWN

As of 05/31/19

As of 05/31/19

Colors of Sub-Industry bars correspond to the GICS sector chart.

As of 05/31/19

Contributors/Detractors

Quarterly as of 03/31/19

Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Veeva Systems Inc. 3.88% 1.60%
Alibaba Group Holding Limited 4.68% 1.58%
EPAM Systems, Inc. 3.52% 1.55%
argenx SE 4.50% 1.49%
Sage Therapeutics, Inc. 2.31% 1.31%

Quarterly as of 03/31/19

Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. 2.22% -0.25%
Tesla, Inc. 0.98% -0.20%
Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos S.A. 0.77% -0.18%
AxoGen, Inc. 0.42% -0.04%
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited 2.86% -0.04%

Source: FactSet PA.

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Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the investment carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the Funds. You may obtain them from the Funds’ distributor, Baron Capital, Inc., by calling 1-800-99BARON or visiting www.BaronFunds.com. Please read them carefully before investing.

RISKS: Growth stocks can react differently to issuer, political, market and economic developments than the market as a whole.  Non-U.S. investments may involve additional risks to those inherent in U.S. investments, including exchange-rate fluctuations, political or economic instability, the imposition of exchange controls, expropriation, limited disclosure and illiquid markets, resulting in greater share price volatility. Securities of small and medium-sized companies may be thinly traded and more difficult to sell.

The Fund may not achieve its objectives.

Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): The MSCI ACWI Growth Index and the MSCI ACWI Index cited are unmanaged, free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted indexes. The MSCI ACWI Growth Index measures the performance of large, mid and small cap growth securities across developed and emerging markets, including the United States. The MSCI ACWI Index measures the equity market performance of large and midcap securities across developed and emerging markets, including the United States. The indexes and the Fund include reinvestment of dividends, net of foreign withholding taxes, which positively impact the performance results. Index performance is not fund performance. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): Standard Deviation: measures the degree to which a fund’s performance has varied from its average performance over a particular time period. The greater the standard deviation, the greater a fund’s volatility (risk). Sharpe Ratio: is a risk-adjusted performance statistic that measures reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better a fund’s risk adjusted performance. Alpha: measures the difference between a fund’s actual returns and its expected performance, given its level of risk as measured by beta. Beta: measures a fund’s sensitivity to market movements. The beta of the market is 1.00 by definition. R-Squared: measures how closely a fund’s performance correlates to the performance of the benchmark index, and thus is a measurement of what portion of its performance can be explained by the performance of the index. Values for R-Squared range from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates no correlation and 100 indicates perfect correlation. Tracking Error: measures how closely a fund’s return follows the benchmark index returns. It is calculated as the annualized standard deviation of the difference between the fund and the index returns. Information Ratio: measures the excess return of a fund divided by the amount of risk the fund takes relative to the benchmark index. The higher the information ratio, the higher the excess return expected of the fund, given the amount of risk involved. Upside Capture: explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark’s returns are greater than zero. Downside Capture: explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark’s returns are less than zero

Definitions (provided by Baron Capital, Inc.): EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Year): indicates the long-term forecasted EPS growth of the companies in the portfolio, calculated using the weighted average of the available 3-to-5 year forecasted growth rates for each of the stocks in the portfolio provided by Factset Estimates. The EPS Growth rate does not forecast the Fund’s performance. Price/ Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-months): is a valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its actual earnings per share over the last twelve months. Price/Book Ratio: is a ratio used to compare a company’s stock price to its tangible assets, and it is calculated by dividing the current closing price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share. Price/Sales Ratio: is a valuation ratio of a stock’s price relative to its past performance. It represents the amount an investor is willing to pay for a dollar generated from a particular company’s operations. Price/Sales is calculated by dividing a stock’s current price by its revenue per share for the last 12 months. Weighted Harmonic Average: is a calculation that reduces the impact of extreme observation on the aggregate calculation by weighting them based on their size in the fund. Active Share is a term used to describe the share of a portfolio’s holdings that differ from that portfolio’s benchmark index. It is calculated by comparing the weight of each holding in the Fund to that holding’s weight in the benchmark. Positions with either a positive or negative weighting versus the benchmark have Active Share. An Active Share of 100% implies zero overlap with the benchmark. Active Share was introduced in 2006 in a study by Yale academics, M. Cremers and A. Petajisto, as a measure of active portfolio management.

One year turnover information to the most recent quarter and average market cap (unweighted) is available upon request.

Industry sector or sub-industry group levels are provided from the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”), developed and exclusively owned by MSCI, Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”). All GICS data is provided “as is” with no warranties.  The Adviser may have reclassified/classified certain securities in or out of a sub-industry.  Such reclassifications are not supported by S&P or MSCI.