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Polen Capital: “We Don’t See a Significant Risk in the Foreseeable Future to Mastercard (MA)”

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Polen Capital, an investment management firm, published its “Polen Focus Growth” third quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A quarterly gross return of 2.78% was delivered by the fund for the third quarter of 2021, outperforming both its Russell 1000 Growth benchmark that delivered a 1.16% return, and the S&P 500 Index that had a 0.59% gain for the same period. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their best picks for 2021.

Polen Capital, in its Q3 2021 investor letter, mentioned Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) and discussed its stance on the firm. Mastercard Incorporated is a Purchase, Harrison-based financial services company with a $ 357.2 billion market capitalization. MA delivered a 1.42% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 14.16%. The stock closed at $360.86 per share on October 25, 2021.

Here is what Polen Capital has to say about Mastercard Incorporated in its Q3 2021 investor letter:

"Mastercard faced pressure as some believe these “old payment infrastructure” businesses will be disrupted by newer fintech companies using blockchain, buy now, pay later (BNPL), or other innovations to provide better/cheaper payment services. However, we believe that some of these technologies have meaningful limitations which could benefit existing payment networks. For example, BNPL transactions are often funded with cards and turn a one-time transaction into many smaller ones with more transaction fees for Mastercard. Just like with regulation, we continually monitor for competition and technological disruption. As of now, we do not see a significant risk in the foreseeable future to this company."

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Based on our calculations, Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) ranks 6th in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. MA was in 156 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 151 funds in the previous quarter. Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) delivered a -7.16% return in the past 3 months.

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