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Sustainable Income

What does sustainable mean to you? Something that lasts a lifetime? We think it’s a resilient income that can keep pace with inflation over time.  

Sustainable income is a simple, multi-asset strategy designed to be a core holding for investors with long-term income needs.

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Delivering income that lasts

We focus on the monetary amount of income we deliver and avoid chasing short-term yield. Thanks to our global investment universe across eight asset classes, we have an exciting and vast opportunity set, from which we hope to select the best income payers of tomorrow.

Fit for the future

Sustainable income raises two questions:

  • will the income prove to be sustainable over long periods of time?
  • is it sustainable from an ESG perspective?

We believe the two are inextricably linked – that the best income payers of tomorrow will be the forward-thinking companies successfully adapting to meet the needs of a sustainable economy.

We scrutinise every investment and ask if it’s compatible with a sustainable economy. We only consider investments that can pass this test. While each asset class has its nuances, our ESG analyst brings together the bottom-up work of our teams for one consistent approach.

The performance target is aspirational and is not guaranteed. We don’t use it to compile the portfolio and returns will vary. A single performance target may not be appropriate across all vehicles and jurisdictions. We may not meet our investment objectives if, for example, our growth investment style is out of favour or we misjudge the long-term earnings growth of our holdings.

A simple solution for income

Our multi-asset approach helps to reduce income volatility through diversification. We actively adjust asset allocation with the aim of protecting capital and enhancing returns in different macroeconomic environments.

We then task our experts in each asset class to create a bespoke portfolio of their best income-generating ideas.

It all combines into one simple solution, designed to adapt as the world changes to keep delivering real income time after time.

We challenge ourselves to consider the long-term impact of our decisions. High short-term yields can be an illusion with a powerful draw – it takes discipline to think beyond this.
Steven Hay

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Strategy portfolio holdings

A list of the top 10 holdings that the representative portfolio invests in.

All figures up to: 30 April 2024

#Holding% of portfolio
1Novo Nordisk1.7%
3Watsco Inc1.6%
4Greencoat UK Wind1.4%
7WEC Energy Group1.4%
8Schneider Electric SE1.3%
9Exelon Corporation1.3%

Please note

The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co. Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

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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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