INTERNATIONAL FUNDINTERNATIONAL FUND
The International Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI ACWI ex-UK 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.
Stocks are picked on the basis of fundamental attractions, irrespective of location. Industry and regional exposure are a derivative of the stock selection process. We focus on companies that we believe can deliver above average growth.
Top Ten Holdings - 31/08/2020
Fund % 1 Amazon.com 4.9% 2 Tesla Inc 3.6% 3 Naspers 3.3% 4 Alphabet 2.9% 5 Moody's 2.8% 6 Alibaba 2.7% 7 Mastercard 2.5% 8 Microsoft 2.5% 9 AIA 2.3% 10 Shopify 2.3% Total 29.7% Fund % 1 Amazon.com 4.9% 2 Tesla Inc 3.6% 3 Naspers 3.3% 4 Alphabet 2.9% 5 Moody's 2.8% 6 Alibaba 2.7% 7 Mastercard 2.5% 8 Microsoft 2.5% 9 AIA 2.3% 10 Shopify 2.3% Total 29.7%Geographic Analysis of Total Assets - 31/08/2020Unfortunately we were unable to load the chart. Please try again later.
InsightsAll insightsSeptember 2020
Asking the right questions.
Integrating ESG into company research requires rigour, nuance and a long-term perspective says Marianne Harper Gow.August 2020
Featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.June 2020
A View from the Midst of the Pandemic.
Technological developments over recent decades mean reality has outpaced the science fiction of his youth since Mark Urquhart joined Baillie Gifford almost 25 years ago. Now, scanning the Covid-19 driven global economy, he sets out his enthusiasm and expectations for the next decade and beyond.June 2020
Featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.April 2020
How to Invest in Equities and Stay Sane.
The best investment advice doesn’t grow old. When former Baillie Gifford Partner Edward Hocknell wrote ‘How to Invest in Equities and Stay Sane’ back in 2012, ‘global pandemic’ was just one on a list of scenarios for business continuity managers and civil servants to plan for.
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Meet the Managers
Since the inception of Global Alpha in 2005, Mr. Plowden has been one of the three portfolio managers for the strategy. After becoming a Partner in 1988, he became Joint Senior Partner with overall responsibility for the investment departments in 2006. Mr. Plowden is also Chair of the Strategic Leadership Group. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 and was a portfolio manager in the UK Equity Team for over 20 years notably developing Baillie Gifford’s specialist UK capabilities, and was latterly head of the team. Charles graduated BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 1983.
Mr. Plowden is expected to retire from the Manager and cease to serve as Portfolio Manager for the Fund effective on or about April 30, 2021.
Spencer joined Baillie Gifford in 2000 and is an Investment Manager in the Global Alpha Team. He became a Partner in 2013 and has also spent time working in the Fixed Income, Japanese, European and UK Equity Teams. Spencer graduated BSc in Medicine from the University of St Andrews in 1997, followed by two years of clinical training in Edinburgh.
Malcolm is an Investment Manager in the Global Alpha Team, having been involved with Global Alpha since the product’s inception in 2005. He became a Partner of the firm in 2011. Malcolm joined Baillie Gifford in 1999 and has spent time working in the UK Small Cap and North American Teams. He is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals. Malcolm graduated MA in Economics and History in 1998 and MLitt in Economics, Politics and Management in 1999, both from the University of St Andrews.
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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 of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.