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Worldwide Discovery

The strategy seeks ambitious, rare companies that could shape our future by solving today’s most important, complex problems. We aim to find them at an early stage and hold them for the long term as they scale.

Astronomical Observatory under the stars.

Investing in the immature and innovative

Unearthing the transformational growth companies of the next decade when they’re small and nimble, hoping to reap rewards by holding them as they experience the most exciting phases of growth.

Harnessing asymmetry

Worldwide Discovery is a global smaller companies equities strategy. It invests in disruptive companies, with a range of possible outcomes. 

This can lead to volatility but can increase the chance of a highly asymmetrical outcome. 

The strategy aims to outperform (net of fees) the MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index, mainly through capital appreciation, over rolling five-year periods. 

We consider opportunities below $10bn but believe immaturity, not size, is the best proxy for potential. We hold based on conviction, not market cap. 

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.
We established the Discovery strategy to capture the opportunity in the enduring super cycle of innovation.
Douglas Brodie

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Important information

The content of this website is intended exclusively for professional investors in accordance with MiFID legislation. ’Professional investors’ are potential investors who are deemed to have the status of “professional clients”, within the meaning of MiFID (2004/39/EC), as transposed in Ireland. It is not intended for retail investors.
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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