BRITISH SMALLER COMPANIES FUNDBRITISH SMALLER COMPANIES FUND
The British Smaller Companies Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding Investment Companies) by at least 2% 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 UK Smaller Companies Sector.
We invest in companies with strong earnings per share and cashflow growth characteristics, which we believe is consistent with achieving attractive overall returns.
Top Ten Holdings - 30/09/2020
Fund % 1 YouGov 6.9% 2 Renishaw 5.4% 3 Boohoo.com 5.0% 4 Genus 3.9% 5 Creo Medical 3.8% 6 Oxford Instruments 3.5% 7 Kainos 3.3% 8 Ceres Power 3.1% 9 Abcam 3.1% 10 AO World 2.9% Total 40.8% Fund % 1 YouGov 6.9% 2 Renishaw 5.4% 3 Boohoo.com 5.0% 4 Genus 3.9% 5 Creo Medical 3.8% 6 Oxford Instruments 3.5% 7 Kainos 3.3% 8 Ceres Power 3.1% 9 Abcam 3.1% 10 AO World 2.9% Total 40.8%Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 30/09/2020The 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.
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InsightsView all Insights.September 2020
Asking the right questions.
Integrating ESG into company research requires rigour, nuance and a long-term perspective says Marianne Harper Gow.June 2020
A View from the Midst of the Pandemic.
Technological developments over recent decades mean reality has outpaced the science fiction of his youth since Mark Urquhart joined Baillie Gifford almost 25 years ago. Now, scanning the Covid-19 driven global economy, he sets out his enthusiasm and expectations for the next decade and beyond.April 2020
How to Invest in Equities and Stay Sane.
The best investment advice doesn’t grow old. When former Baillie Gifford Partner Edward Hocknell wrote ‘How to Invest in Equities and Stay Sane’ back in 2012, ‘global pandemic’ was just one on a list of scenarios for business continuity managers and civil servants to plan for.April 2020
Why We Care About Diversity and Inclusion.
Baillie Gifford’s first company-wide diversity and inclusion magazine about the individuals who make up our firm.April 2020
Fighting a Pandemic with Technology.
Medical developments are increasingly dependent on technology. Baillie Gifford investors look at some of the more innovative companies and their importance in the current pandemic, as well as considering how the situation we are living through will lay the foundations for a new era in healthcare, underpinned by data.
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Meet the Managers
Charlie joined Baillie Gifford in 2014 and is an Investment Manager in the Smaller Companies Team. He graduated MA (Hons) in Medieval History and Archaeology from the University of St Andrews in 2013. Charlie is a CFA Charterholder.
Steve joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager in the International Smaller Companies Team. He is a CFA Charterholder. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Steve was an Officer in the British Army for nine years. He graduated BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 2001 and MA in International Relations from the University of Exeter in 2012.
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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 may increase share price movements.
Investment in smaller companies is generally considered higher risk as the market for their shares may be less liquid and more difficult to trade than that for larger companies. As a result, share price fluctuations may be greater. In addition smaller companies may not do so well in periods of adverse economic conditions. Where such companies have business models and competitive positions which are less well established, this could result in an increased likelihood of loss for investors.
Any value assigned to illiquid securities which are difficult to trade, such as those in smaller companies, may not accurately reflect the price the Fund might receive upon their sale.
The Fund’s concentrated portfolio relative to similar funds may result in large movements in the share price in the short term.
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.