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Multi Asset Growth

Our Multi Asset Strategy offers exposure to an actively managed, diversified range of assets – an important approach when seeking attractive long-term returns at lower volatility than equity markets.  

We take our macro views of the world and integrate them with themes that will drive investment markets over the long term to find the best opportunities.  

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Taking advantage of diversity

Our mission is simple – we take advantage of a breadth of opportunity across a diverse range of asset classes, aiming to deliver attractive returns with lower volatility than equity markets.   

Chasing superior returns

We seek to provide a diverse portfolio of asset classes that has dual objectives, with an equal focus on return and risk.  

We take a broad opportunity set and turn it into a single fund. This offers our clients a simple and effective way to achieve diversification at lower volatility levels than equity markets.  

Our objectives: 

  • A return that is 3.5 per cent more than UK base rate over rolling five-year periods 
  • A positive return over rolling three-year periods 
  • Volatility of returns below 10 per cent over rolling five-year periods  
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.

Low volatility, high value

We look to the future, not the past, creating portfolios that avoid complexity to achieve returns with low volatility. 

We identify the major drivers of markets and apply our knowledge and expertise to construct a portfolio that invests across asset classes, incorporating:  

  • Macroeconomic views 
  • Long-term return expectations 
  • Risk and near-term scenario analysis 

The result is a top-down, macroeconomic and research-led portfolio, which seeks to generate value for our clients throughout economic cycles.  

Changes in the world bring investment opportunities. The unrivalled opportunity set of our Multi Asset funds gives us many ways to generate very attractive returns off the back of these.
James Squires

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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
1Baillie Gifford Global Income Growth Fund6.7%
2Baillie Gifford Emerging Markets Leading Companies Fund6.3%
3Baillie Gifford US High Yield Credit3.6%
4Aegon ABS Opportunity Fund Acc3.5%
5Terna3.5%
6Plutus CLO Fund3.1%
7UK T Bill 24/06/20243.1%
8Galene Fund3.0%
9Australia 3% 21/03/20472.2%
10Australia 1.75% 21/06/20512.2%

Asset Allocation - Exposure

All figures up to: 30 April 2024

1Infrastructure21.70%
2Listed Equities15.40%
3Structured Finance13.00%
4Property11.50%
5Cash and Equivalents7.60%
6Emerging Market Bonds Hard Currency7.50%
7Government Bonds7.00%
8Commodities6.80%
9High Yield Credit3.60%
10Emerging Market Bonds Local Currency2.70%
11Investment Grade Bonds2.10%
12Emerging Market Opportunities1.10%
13Active Rates and Currency0.10%
Total 100%

Asset Allocation - Exposure

All figures up to: 30 April 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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Insights

Key articles, videos and podcasts relating to the strategy:

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  1. Japan: the land of the rising yield

    How Japan's changing economy is reshaping the Multi Asset investment landscape.
    May 2024
    Article4 minutes
  2. Multi Asset investment update

    An update on performance, portfolio developments and where we see new opportunities.
    April 2024
    Video32 minutes
  3. Where are the opportunities?

    The Multi Asset Team’s forecast for growth, bonds, equities and other assets over the decade.
    March 2024
    Article7 minutes
  4. Multi Asset investment update

    An update on the portfolio, market environment and outlook for the year ahead.
    January 2024
    Video30 minutes
  5. Multi Asset Stewardship Report 2022-23

    We are not just budgeting for risk and costs, Multi Asset budgets for carbon.
    November 2023
    Document
  6. Multi Asset: Investment process evolution

    Focusing on the central pillars of our multi-asset investment process has sparked an evolution.
    November 2023
    Article
  7. From Leeds to LA

    Creating a high conviction, best ideas, global and unconstrained property portfolio.
    September 2023
    Article7 minutes
  8. Multi Asset Q3 investment update

    How is the portfolio adapting to risks and opportunities? Scott Lothian explains.
    October 2023
    Video32 minutes
  9. Multi Asset quarterly update

    James Squires reflects on the current environment influencing Multi Asset portfolios.
    July 2023
    Video32 minutes
  10. Why now for multi-asset investing

    Who benefits from the new macro environment? Why multi-asset investing remains a viable option.
    June 2023
    Article
  11. Multi Asset quarterly update

    Scott Lothian explains how Multi Asset is riding out the ups and downs of market volatility.
    April 2023
    Video31 minutes
  12. Productivity’s slowdown unravelled

    Casting fresh light on why productivity growth lost steam and why it might be about to pick up.
    February 2023
    Article
  13. Why excess global savings matter

    The savings surplus affects companies that want to issue financial assets to fund investment.
    January 2023
    Article
  14. The robots are coming

    Robots won’t take all our jobs, but they will affect labour markets and, with them, inflation.
    January 2023
    Article
  15. The inflation debate

    A temporary blip or a structural shift? The Multi Asset Team debates inflation’s ups and downs.
    January 2023
    Article
  16. The productivity surge of the 2020s

    Are the days of productivity growth over? The Multi Asset Team does not think so.
    January 2023
    Article
  17. Multi Asset Stewardship Report

    Summary of the Multi Asset Team’s Stewardship Activities for 2021/22.
    November 2022
    Document
  18. Multi Asset quarterly update

    Investment manager Scott Lothian reflects upon the recent drivers of performance across investment markets, how the current environment is influencing investment decisions, and the key risks and opportunities for the Multi Asset portfolio.
    October 2022
    Video30 minutes
  19. On the grid

    David McIntyre and Calum Holt summarise their thoughts on the potential transformation of the European energy industry and how this is being embraced in our Multi Asset funds.
    April 2021
    Document

Multi Asset investment update

An update on performance, portfolio developments and where we see new opportunities.

  1. Japan: the land of the rising yield

    How Japan's changing economy is reshaping the Multi Asset investment landscape.
    May 2024
    Article4 minutes
  2. Multi Asset investment update

    An update on performance, portfolio developments and where we see new opportunities.
    April 2024
    Video32 minutes
  3. Where are the opportunities?

    The Multi Asset Team’s forecast for growth, bonds, equities and other assets over the decade.
    March 2024
    Article
  4. Multi Asset investment update

    An update on the portfolio, market environment and outlook for the year ahead.
    January 2024
    Video30 minutes
  5. Multi Asset Stewardship Report 2022-23

    We are not just budgeting for risk and costs, Multi Asset budgets for carbon.
    November 2023
    Document
  6. Multi Asset: Investment process evolution

    Focusing on the central pillars of our multi-asset investment process has sparked an evolution.
    November 2023
    Article
  7. From Leeds to LA

    Creating a high conviction, best ideas, global and unconstrained property portfolio.
    September 2023
    Article7 minutes
  8. Multi Asset Q3 investment update

    How is the portfolio adapting to risks and opportunities? Scott Lothian explains.
    October 2023
    Video32 minutes
  9. Multi Asset quarterly update

    James Squires reflects on the current environment influencing Multi Asset portfolios.
    July 2023
    Video32 minutes
  10. Why now for multi-asset investing

    Who benefits from the new macro environment? Why multi-asset investing remains a viable option.
    June 2023
    Article
  11. Multi Asset quarterly update

    Scott Lothian explains how Multi Asset is riding out the ups and downs of market volatility.
    April 2023
    Video31 minutes
  12. Productivity’s slowdown unravelled

    Casting fresh light on why productivity growth lost steam and why it might be about to pick up.
    February 2023
    Article
  13. Why excess global savings matter

    The savings surplus affects companies that want to issue financial assets to fund investment.
    January 2023
    Article
  14. The robots are coming

    Robots won’t take all our jobs, but they will affect labour markets and, with them, inflation.
    January 2023
    Article
  15. The inflation debate

    A temporary blip or a structural shift? The Multi Asset Team debates inflation’s ups and downs.
    January 2023
    Article
  16. The productivity surge of the 2020s

    Are the days of productivity growth over? The Multi Asset Team does not think so.
    January 2023
    Article
  17. Multi Asset Stewardship Report

    Summary of the Multi Asset Team’s Stewardship Activities for 2021/22.
    November 2022
    Document
  18. Multi Asset quarterly update

    Investment manager Scott Lothian reflects upon the recent drivers of performance across investment markets, how the current environment is influencing investment decisions, and the key risks and opportunities for the Multi Asset portfolio.
    October 2022
    Video30 minutes
  19. On the grid

    David McIntyre and Calum Holt summarise their thoughts on the potential transformation of the European energy industry and how this is being embraced in our Multi Asset funds.
    April 2021
    Document

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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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