AMERICAN FUNDAMERICAN FUND
The Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the S&P 500 Index, as stated in Sterling, by at least 1.5% per annum over rolling five-year periods. There is no guarantee that this objective will be achieved over any time period and actual investment returns may differ from this objective, particularly over shorter time periods.
The manager believes this is an appropriate benchmark given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing. In addition, the manager believes an appropriate performance comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association North America Sector.
We will always look at investments in a global context, not through a North American lens.
Top Ten Holdings - 30/06/2020
Fund % 1 Shopify 10.0% 2 Tesla Inc 8.0% 3 Amazon.com 7.9% 4 Wayfair 6.0% 5 Netflix 4.9% 6 The Trade Desk 4.6% 7 MarketAxess 4.1% 8 Alphabet 3.4% 9 Illumina 3.4% 10 Mastercard 3.0% Total 55.1% Fund % 1 Shopify 10.0% 2 Tesla Inc 8.0% 3 Amazon.com 7.9% 4 Wayfair 6.0% 5 Netflix 4.9% 6 The Trade Desk 4.6% 7 MarketAxess 4.1% 8 Alphabet 3.4% 9 Illumina 3.4% 10 Mastercard 3.0% Total 55.1%Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 30/06/2020Unfortunately we were unable to load the chart. Please try again later.
InsightsAll insightsMay 2020
American Fund - Manager Insights.
Ben James gives an update on the positioning and activity of the American Fund portfolio.April 2020
How the Pandemic May Change Things.
Are the abrupt changes brought about by the coronavirus (Covid-19) temporary or permanent? Dave Bujnowski considers how a post-coronavirus future may look, and where the biggest changes might be.Third Quarter 2018
The Great Convergence of Medicine.
The future of medicine is likely to be fundamentally different from what we know today. Investment Manager, Rose Nguyen, discusses the technological advances that are likely to transform life science in the coming decades.
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Meet the Managers
Tom is Head of the US Equities Team and is a Decision Maker on Long Term Global Growth Portfolios. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2000 and became a Partner of the firm in 2012. After serving as Deputy Manager for five years, Tom was appointed Joint Manager of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust in 2015. During his time at Baillie Gifford he has also worked in the Developed Asia and UK Equity Teams. Tom’s investment interest is focused on high growth companies both in listed equity markets and as an investor in private companies. He graduated BSc in Computer Science with Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 2000.
Gary has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since its inception in 2015 and is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. He graduated MBiochem in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2003 and joined Baillie Gifford the same year. He spent time working on our Japanese, UK and European Equity Teams before moving to the US Equities Team in 2008. Gary is a generalist investor but retains a special interest in the healthcare sector dating back to his undergraduate degree. Gary became a Partner of the firm in 2019.
Kirsty joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. She also is a member of the Positive Change Portfolio Construction Group. Kirsty graduated MA (Hons) in Economics in 2011 and MSc in Carbon Management in 2012, both from the University of Edinburgh.
Dave joined Baillie Gifford in 2018 as a Senior Analyst and is now a portfolio manager in the US Equities team. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, he cofounded Coburn Ventures in 2005. In his 13 years at Coburn Ventures, was a Partner, primary client facing consultant, research analyst and portfolio manager of a long-short, market neutral hedge fund. He started his career in 1996, joining Warburg Dillon Read’s equity research group as an associate semiconductor analyst before joining UBS’s Global Tech Strategy team. Dave graduated from Boston College in 1993, where he majored in Finance and Philosophy. He has been a member of the team since 2020.
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How to Invest
Getting Financial Advice
At Baillie Gifford we don’t provide financial advice, but we do try our best to provide you with all the information we think you might need to make investment decisions. Of course, we realise there are occasions when you may want the advice of an expert.
Using professional financial advice
An authorised intermediary can give you advice and help on how best to manage your financial affairs based on your circumstances and investment aspirations. They can also help keep track of all your different investment interests, saving you a lot of time and bookkeeping.
Finding a financial adviser near you
If you want to use an authorised intermediary, MyLocalAdviser is a website that allows you to search for authorised intermediaries in your area. You can visit their site on www.mylocaladviser.co.uk
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General Investment Risk
Investment markets can go down as well as up and market conditions can change rapidly. The value of an investment in the Fund, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.
Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.
The Fund’s exposure to a single market and currency may increase share price movements.
The Fund’s concentrated portfolio relative to similar funds may result in large movements in the share price in the short term.
The Fund has exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the rates of exchange will cause the value of any investment, and income from it, to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested.
The Fund’s share price can be volatile due to movements in the prices of the underlying holdings and the basis on which the Fund is priced.
A dilution adjustment may apply when you buy or sell shares in the Fund. This is applied to the share price and may reduce the return on your investment.
Fees From Revenue
Where possible, charges are taken from the Fund's revenue. Where there is insufficient revenue, the remainder will be taken from capital. This will reduce the capital value of your investment.
Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.