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Institutional share class ranked #1 and Retail share class ranked #2 in the Morningstar US OE Real Estate Category. This ranking is based on total returns for the 1 year and 3 year periods ended 9/30/2013.

Morningstar 3 year star rating is based on risk adjusted returns with 230 funds in category for the period ended 9/30/2013. There were 264 and 230 funds, respectively, for the 1-year and three-year periods for the Morningstar category; and 225 and 191 funds, respectively for the Lipper category.  For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk- Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.)

The Morningstar US OE Real Estate Category Average is not weighted and represents the straight average of annualized returns of each of the funds in the real estate category.  

The MSCI US REIT Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that measures the performance of all equity REITs in the US equity market, except for specialty equity REITs that do not generate a majority of their revenue and income from real estate rental and leasing operations.

Most Recent Quarter End Performance - Retail Shares or Institutional Shares

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. For performance information current to the most recent month end, visit or call 1-800-99BARON.

Baron Real Estate Fund is non-diversified, which means the volatility of the Fund’s returns may increase and expose the Fund to greater risk of loss in any given period. In addition to general market conditions, the value of the Fund will be affected by the strength of the real estate markets as well as by interest rate fluctuations, credit risk, environmental issues and economic conditions. The Fund invests in companies of all sizes, including small and medium sized companies whose securities may be thinly traded and more difficult to sell during market downturns. The Fund may not achieve its objectives.

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Portfolio holdings may change over time.