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Greetings, Eric, and welcome.

<<I am looking at participating in my employer's 401k plan (No matching contribution). I am looking at the Baron Asset Fund (~26% 5yr average annualized return) and it claims moderate risk. Here are the questions I pose: Considering the lack of matching funds is it worth doing? Does anyone have any experiences with the Baron Asset Fund?>>

Risk is in the eye of the beholder. This is a small company growth fund with an excellent record. But small cap funds by definition are higher risk. With risk comes reward. As of 10/31, its 5-yr average was 24.4 % and 10-yr was 19.7%. That's not half bad for a mutual fund. In a little over 10 years of existence, it had one losing year, 1990, at a minus 18.5%.

Is it worth doing? That, friend, is entirely up to you. As funds go, you can do one helluva lot worse.

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