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Thomas Plumb, whose balanced fund is in the top 1% in its category, doesn’t hold large positions in retail stocks outside of Amazon and Alibaba. Instead, he’s loaded up on payment processors, including Visa, Mastercard and Discover Financial Services.

DFS, +1.14% The “overwhelming trend” for U.S. consumers “is not where they buy but how they buy,” said Plumb, who oversees the Plumb Balanced Fund PLBBX, -0.50% which has a five-star rating from Morningstar, and the Plumb Equity Fund PLBEX, -0.55% which has a four-star rating.

Plumb is the CEO of Madison, Wisc.-based SVA Plumb Financial, which runs about $2.7 billion mainly for institutional clients.

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