1. Overview

    The Global Stewardship Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI AC World Index, as stated in Sterling, by at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods. There is no guarantee that this objective will be achieved over any time period and actual investment returns may differ from this objective, particularly over shorter time periods.

    The manager believes this is an appropriate benchmark given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing. In addition, the manager believes an appropriate performance comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association Global Sector.

    Our Investment Philosophy is to add value through genuinely long-term active management.

    Portfolio

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/08/2020

    Fund %
    1 Tesla Inc 6.6%
    2 Shopify 5.2%
    3 Amazon.com 4.7%
    4 SoftBank 3.8%
    5 MarketAxess 3.6%
    6 Chegg 2.9%
    7 Netflix 2.8%
    8 Wayfair 2.5%
    9 TSMC 2.2%
    10 Workday 2.2%
    Total 36.6%
    Fund %
    1 Tesla Inc 6.6%
    2 Shopify 5.2%
    3 Amazon.com 4.7%
    4 SoftBank 3.8%
    5 MarketAxess 3.6%
    6 Chegg 2.9%
    7 Netflix 2.8%
    8 Wayfair 2.5%
    9 TSMC 2.2%
    10 Workday 2.2%
    Total 36.6%
    GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF TOTAL ASSETS - 31/08/2020
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    Meet the Managers

    Iain McCombie

    Iain is a founding member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group and is the lead manager of our UK Core strategy. Most recently, Iain served as Chief of Investment Staff from 2013 to 2018 and became a Partner of the firm in 2005. He initially joined Baillie Gifford in 1994 and spent five years training as an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team before joining the UK Equity Team in 1999. Iain graduated MA in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently trained as a Chartered Accountant.

    Gary Robinson

    Gary has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since its inception in 2015 and is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. He graduated MBiochem in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2003 and joined Baillie Gifford the same year. He spent time working on our Japanese, UK and European Equity Teams before moving to the US Equities Team in 2008. Gary is a generalist investor but retains a special interest in the healthcare sector dating back to his undergraduate degree. Gary became a Partner of the firm in 2019.

    Mike Gush

    Mike has been involved with the Global Stewardship strategy since inception as a member of the Portfolio Construction Group. He is a named manager for Baillie Gifford’s Emerging Markets and China Funds, as well as being responsible for the Emerging Markets Small Cap strategy. Mike first joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and before moving to the Emerging Markets Equity Team in 2005, Mike worked in the UK and Japanese Equity Teams. Mike became a Partner of the firm in 2020. He is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MEng from the University of Durham in 2003.

    Matthew Brett - Manager

    Matthew is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team and has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since its inception. He is manager of the Japanese All Cap Strategy and Lead Manager of the Japanese Income Growth Strategy. Matthew joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and became a Partner in 2018. He is a CFA Charterholder. Matthew graduated BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol.

    Josie Bentley

    Josie is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team and became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group in 2020. She joined Baillie Gifford in 2016 and spent time in the International Growth, UK Equity and High Yield Bond Teams. Josie started her career in London, working as a global board analyst at Russell Reynolds Associates. Josie graduated MA (Oxon) in Music from the University of Oxford in 2014.

    Zaki Sabir

    Zaki joined Baillie Gifford in 2007 and in 2017 he became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group. He is a Senior Analyst in the Global Discovery Investment Team. Zaki graduated BA in Business Accounting and Finance from the University of Newcastle in 2006.

    How to Buy

    You can invest in a range of our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Further information on the funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

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    Fund Platforms/Supermarkets

    OEIC Terms of Business

    To buy and sell our funds, you must complete and return a copy of the document below, if you don't already have an agreement with us. In order for us to accept your business for our range of OEICs, please complete and return the Terms of Business Acceptance Form.

    Documents

    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). To download any document you will need Adobe Reader.  Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Risks

    General Investment Risk

    Investment markets can go down as well as up and market conditions can change rapidly. The value of an investment in the Fund, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

    Custody

    Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.

    Emerging Markets

    The Fund invests in emerging markets where difficulties in dealing, settlement and custody could arise, resulting in a negative impact on the value of your investment.

    Responsible Investment

    The Fund invests according to responsible investment criteria and with reference to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact for business. This means the Fund will not invest in certain sectors and companies and, therefore, the universe of available investments will be more limited than other funds that do not apply such criteria/ exclusions. The Fund therefore may have different returns than a fund which has no such restrictions.

    Fees from Revenue

    Where possible, charges are taken from the Fund's revenue. Where there is insufficient revenue, the remainder will be taken from capital. This will reduce the capital value of your investment.

    Foreign Currency

    The Fund has exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the rates of exchange will cause the value of any investment, and income from it, to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested.

    Volatility

    The Fund’s share price can be volatile due to movements in the prices of the underlying holdings and the basis on which the Fund is priced.

    Dilution

    A dilution adjustment may apply when you buy or sell shares in the Fund. This is applied to the share price and may reduce the return on your investment.

    Tax Rates

    Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.