1. Worldwide Japanese Fund

  2. Overview

    The Worldwide Japanese Fund aims to maximise total return principally through investment in equity securities which are listed, traded or dealt on Regulated Markets in Japan. 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.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Data is not currently available for this share class.

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/05/2024

    Fund %
    1 SoftBank Group 5.8%
    2 MS&AD Insurance 4.7%
    3 Recruit Holdings 4.5%
    4 Keyence 4.3%
    5 Sony 4.1%
    6 SBI Holdings 4.0%
    7 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust 3.8%
    8 Murata Manufacturing 3.1%
    9 Mitsubishi Corp 2.8%
    10 Rakuten 2.7%
    Total 39.7%
    Sector Exposure 31/05/2024

    Fund %

    • 1 Manufacturing 51.78
    • 2 Finance & Insurance 14.50
    • 3 Services 12.22
    • 4 Transport And Communications 12.22
    • 5 Commerce 7.90
    • 6 Real Estate 0.81
    • 7 Cash 0.57
    • Total 100.00


    Donald Farquharson

    Donald heads the Japanese Equities Team. Donald is the co-manager for the Japan Growth strategy (and related Growth strategy segregated accounts) which he has run since its inception on 31 December 2009. He is also a member of the International Alpha Portfolio Construction Group (PCG). Donald has over 25 years’ investment experience dedicated almost entirely to Japanese equities: He spent 20 years working for Schroders as a Japanese specialist and latterly Head of the Pan Pacific equity team and manager of the Schroder Japan Growth Fund plc. Between 1991 and 1995, he headed Schroders’ research team in Tokyo. He graduated with MA (Hons) in Arabic Studies from the University of St Andrews in 1987 and is a CFA Charterholder. Donald joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and became a Partner in 2017.


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    Key Investor Information Documents

    Philosophy and Process Documents

    Quarterly Investor Updates


    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.

    The specific risks associated with the Fund include:


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

    Single Country

    The Fund’s exposure to a single market and currency may increase share price movements.

    Foreign Currency

    The Fund has exposure to a foreign currency and changes in the rate 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’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.

    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

    The Fund's approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) means it cannot invest in certain sectors and companies. The universe of available investments will be more limited than other funds that do not apply such criteria/ exclusions, therefore the Fund may have different returns than a fund which has no such restrictions. Data used to apply the criteria may be provided by third party sources and is based on backward-looking analysis and the subjective nature of non-financial criteria means a wide variety of outcomes are possible. There is a risk that data provided may not adequately address the underlying detail around material non-financial considerations.

    Please consider all of the characteristics and objectives of the fund as described in the Key Information Document (KID) and prospectus before making a decision to invest in the Fund. For more information on how sustainability issues, such as climate change are considered, see bailliegifford.com.

    Further Details

    Further details of the risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the Key Information Document (KID), or the Prospectus. Copies of both the KID and Prospectus are available at bailliegifford.com.


    Active Share: A measure of the Fund's overlap with the benchmark. An active share of 100 indicates no overlap with the benchmark and an active share of zero indicates a portfolio that tracks the benchmark.


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    Baillie Gifford Investment Management (Europe) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (Reference number C182354) as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager and UCITS Manager to Baillie Gifford Worldwide Funds plc. Its registered office is 4/5 School House Lane East, Dublin 2, D02 N279, Ireland.

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