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Emerging Markets Leading Companies

Emerging markets (EM) firms often have substantial opportunities and decades of growth ahead. We believe being selective is imperative to achieving superior results; the index is not the best reflection of future growth.

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A patient approach in impatient markets

A well-developed approach to investing in the developing world; which aims to help our clients benefit from powerful growth tailwinds. EM investors should be open-minded about where growth can come from. 

Emerging Markets Q1 investment update

The Emerging Markets Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.

Turning time to your advantage

We’ve been investing in emerging markets for decades. Our goal is to build strong relationships with like-minded clients. We know we can only do this if we deliver strong investment performance, net of costs, over the long term.  

The number of genuinely world-class companies in the emerging markets is growing and we feel very fortunate to be tasked with seeking these out. We must invest with patience and give good decisions time to prove themselves. 

Long-standing clients across the globe

We appreciate the under appreciated. And we believe there are three persistent inefficiencies that we are well-placed to exploit for our clients: 

  • Growth duration: many companies grow for much longer than expected 
  • Growth pace: many companies grow much faster than expected 
  • Growth surprise: many companies grow when it’s least expected 

Much of our process relies on the interplay of data, experience, educated creativity and probability. This does not necessarily lend itself to a matrix or a flowchart. 

In nearly 30 years, we have seen enough crises and shocks to know the future is uncertain. As investors our preference is always to embrace uncertainty rather than be paralysed by it.
Will SutcliffeHead of Emerging Markets, Partner

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Quarterly update

Get the latest investment commentary, portfolio overview, transactions and performance information alongside governance engagement and voting. 

Philosophy and process

Explore our investment philosophy and the processes around how the Emerging Markets team construct the portfolio.

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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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