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Global Discovery

Global Discovery seeks ambitious companies looking to solve important, intractable problems. Smaller, nimbler businesses are often more adept at this. Using novel technologies, these promising companies offer solutions which are better and cheaper than those of their competitors. In doing so, they can challenge and displace today's incumbents and shape our future.

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Unearthing transformational growth

Global Discovery seeks to invest in immature, disruptive companies experiencing exciting, formative growth phases. We then look to hold them for the long term as they scale.

While this approach can lead to individual stock and strategy volatility, we believe it also increases the chance of highly asymmetrical outcomes.

The strategy aims to outperform (net of fees) the S&P Global Small Cap Index, in sterling, by at least 2 per cent per annum over rolling five-year periods.

We consider opportunities below $10bn but believe immaturity, not size, is the best proxy for potential. We hold regardless of market cap if the company has desirable traits.

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 unique pursuit

The portfolio is built from the bottom up, disregarding the benchmark. Thus, it has a very high active share. This differentiates us from others. 

We exist in a huge investible universe, but most companies don’t meet our specifications. So, we place ourselves on the frontier of technological progress.  

The resulting portfolio varies by industry and geography. What unites it is immaturity. We define this as:  

  • Scalability  
  • Quality and ambition of management  
  • Innovation to solve problems and reshape industry  
  • Emerging competitive edge
We established the Global Discovery strategy to capture the opportunity in the enduring super cycle of innovation.
Douglas Brodie

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Philosophy and process

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Strategy portfolio holdings

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

All figures up to: 31 March 2024

#Holding% of portfolio
1Alnylam Pharmaceuticals5.8%
2AeroVironment3.9%
3Appian3.4%
4Ocado3.3%
5Axon Enterprise3.1%
6JFrog3.1%
7Exact Sciences3.1%
8LiveRamp3.0%
9STAAR Surgical2.9%
10Schrödinger2.7%

Strategy holdings by sector

All figures up to: 31 March 2024

1Health Care42.30%
2Information Technology29.50%
3Industrials13.70%
4Financials3.40%
5Consumer Staples3.30%
6Real Estate2.60%
7Consumer Discretionary2.10%
8Communication Services1.40%
9Materials0.40%
10Cash1.30%
Total 100%

Strategy holdings by sector

All figures up to: 31 March 2024

Total: 100%

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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Global Discovery manager update

Head of Global Discovery Douglas Brodie joins investment specialist Bill Chater to share observations on technological progress, the operational performance of portfolio holdings, and the market environment.

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