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International Alpha

We believe the best way to navigate an uncertain world is to build a diversified portfolio of outstanding companies with deep competitive advantages and excellent stewardship.

Loch Coruisk viewed from a moantain top from above the valley.

An emphasis on quality

We invest across four types of growth: quality compounders, rapid growth, through-cycle winners, and capital allocators, building a portfolio which can withstand economic cycles and take advantage of unpredictable events. 

International Alpha Q1 investment update

The International Alpha Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments over the last quarter.

Embracing every shade of growth

International Alpha is distinctly long term. We aim to outperform the MSCI ACWI ex-US benchmark by 2-3 per cent per annum over rolling five-year periods.  

Our portfolio contains 70-110 holdings. We seek to take advantage of market inefficiencies by investing across different types of growth company, which given our time horizon allows us to take advantage of their idiosyncratic growth opportunities.  

We find these companies through bottom-up research; holding on for the long term to capture the potential benefits of compounded growth.  

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 promising process

The International Alpha portfolio has a high active share, a genuinely long-term approach and a blend of high-quality growth companies that looks to exploit market inefficiencies by investing across all shades of growth. To do this we:  

  • Take a long-term perspective, resulting in low portfolio turnover. 
  • Invest from the bottom up, supported by in-depth fundamental analysis.  
  • Have a quality growth orientation. 
  • A patient, repeatable process drawing on the best ideas from firm-wide research.  
To invest in growth is to say that society will achieve more tomorrow than it does today… Curiosity should be at the heart of all good investment research.
Jenny Davis

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Philosophy and process

Explore our investment philosophy and the processes around how the team constructs the portfolio.

Quarterly update

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

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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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