Forum Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Electric Vehicles, Semiconductors, and Cloud Computing
Portfolio Manager Michael Lippert and Assistant Portfolio Manager Ishay Levin discuss their outlook for artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, semiconductors, and cloud computing at the Baron Capital Thought Leadership Forum held on June 14, 2023.
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Baron Opportunity Fund's annualized returns for the Institutional Shares as of March 31, 2023: 1-year, (19.70)%; 5-year, 14.87%; 10-year, 14.03%. Annual expense ratio for the Institutional Shares as of September 30, 2022, was 1.05%.
Baron Technology Fund's annualized returns for the Institutional Shares as of March 31, 2023: 1-year (18.42)%; since inception (12/31/2021), (26.37)%. Annual expense ratio for the Institutional Shares as of December 31, 2022, was 6.42%, but net expense ratio was 0.95% (net of reimbursement from Adviser).
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The Baron Opportunity Fund’s 3-, 5- and 10-year historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs will be the same in the future.
Risks: Securities issued by small and medium-sized companies may be thinly traded and may be more difficult to sell during market downturns. Companies propelled by innovation, including technology advances and new business models, may present the risk of rapid change and product obsolescence, and their success may be difficult to predict for the long term. In addition to general market conditions, technology companies, including internet-related and information technology companies, as well as companies propelled by new technologies, may present the risk of rapid change and product obsolescence, and their successes may be difficult to predict for the long term. Technology companies may also be adversely affected by changes in governmental policies, competitive pressures and changing demand. 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.
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Portfolio holdings as a percentage of net assets as of March 31, 2023 for securities mentioned are as follows: Microsoft Corporation - Baron Opportunity Fund 14.4%, Baron Technology Fund 10.3%; Alphabet Inc. - Baron Opportunity Fund 2.9%; Meta Platforms, Inc. - Baron Opportunity Fund 2.0%, Baron Technology Fund 2.8%; Tesla, Inc. - Baron Opportunity Fund 6.2%, Baron Technology Fund 5.3%.
As of March 31, 2023, Baron Opportunity Fund and Baron Technology Fund did not hold any shares of Oracle Corporation.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.
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