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Kip 25

Baron Emerging Markets

Symbol: BEXFX
Expense Ratio: 1.45%

Baron Emerging Markets invests in emerging markets and is a member of the Kiplinger 25, our favorite no-load mutual funds.

Manager Michael Kass focuses on midsize to large companies with above-average growth and competitive advantages over their peers. After a nearly five-year-long bear market during which emerging-markets stocks lost 35%, on average, Kass thinks a turnaround is near. Finding good businesses at prices too low to resist, he has moved back into companies based in countries, such as Brazil and Russia, that he had avoided recently.

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