Ron Baron, manager of the Baron Partners Fund, believes the government will invest a considerable amount of money in improving and updating infrastructure throughout the United States, and is moving his money into construction stocks ahead of this development, The Seattle Times reports.
“For years, America has underinvested by trillions of dollars in infrastructure,” Baron said. “There is a tremendous amount of spending that has to be done.”
As proof of this, Baron points to the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota in August and the work that was done in New Orleans to repair the levees in 2005. The American Society of Civil Engineers also projected in 2005 that the government would spend $1.6 trillion through 2010 to improve the nation’s highways, bridges and support systems.
The $3.2 billion Baron Partners Fund is up 21% year-to-date through Oct. 30, more than twice the returns in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Among the 40 market-neutral funds on the market, it’s the top performer.
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