EUROPEAN FUNDEUROPEAN FUND
The European Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI Europe ex UK 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 Europe excluding UK Sector.
We invest in companies not countries. The view is different from the bottom up than it is from the top down.
Top Ten Holdings - 31/08/2020
Fund % 1 Prosus 5.7% 2 Zalando 5.2% 3 IMCD 4.3% 4 Bechtle 4.2% 5 NIBE 4.0% 6 Spotify 4.0% 7 adidas 3.9% 8 Adevinta 3.6% 9 Atlas Copco 3.5% 10 Avanza Bank 3.5% Total 41.8% Fund % 1 Prosus 5.7% 2 Zalando 5.2% 3 IMCD 4.3% 4 Bechtle 4.2% 5 NIBE 4.0% 6 Spotify 4.0% 7 adidas 3.9% 8 Adevinta 3.6% 9 Atlas Copco 3.5% 10 Avanza Bank 3.5% Total 41.8%Geographic analysis of total assets - 31/08/2020Unfortunately we were unable to load the chart. Please try again later.
InsightsAll insightsAugust 2020
Featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.June 2020
Featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.March 2020
European Stock Stories.
Investment managers Stephen Paice and Moritz Sitte give some examples of European companies that tick all the boxes and show exciting growth potential.March 2020
Featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.Fourth Quarter 2019
Our quarterly e-zine featuring the news and views of the teams involved in running our funds.Third Quarter 2019
Podcast - Finding Europe's Hidden Champions.
There are lots of reasons not to invest in Europe. Its economic growth is uninspiring and much of its stock index is made up of bureaucratic corporate dinosaurs. But beyond the negative headlines, there are still exciting investment opportunities to be found. They include potential tenbaggers – companies whose share price could increase ten-fold.Third Quarter 2019
Episode 7 - Finding Europe's Hidden Champions.
There are lots of reasons not to invest in Europe. Its economic growth is uninspiring and much of its stock index is made up of bureaucratic corporate dinosaurs. But beyond the negative headlines, there are still exciting investment opportunities to be found. They include potential tenbaggers – companies whose share price could increase ten-fold.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.ARCHIVEDMay 2018
Celebrating Inefficiency: The Market's, Not Ours.
By being nimble and patient, by joining the dots to find left of field insights and by looking at the world through both a telescope and a microscope, we can find opportunities in corporate bond markets that others may miss. Discover how we go about this.
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Meet the Managers
Stephen is Head of the European Equity Team and a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2005 and spent time in the US, UK Smaller Companies and Japanese Equities Teams. Stephen graduated BSc in Financial Mathematics in 2005.
Moritz joined Baillie Gifford in September 2010 and is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team. He graduated BSc in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg, Germany in 2009 where he took part in the Honours Elite Degree Programme. Moritz then went on to complete an MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh in 2010.
Chris joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager in the Europe Team. He graduated BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Oxford in 2009 and went on to gain an MMus in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama in 2010 and an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain from Goldsmiths College in 2011.
How to Invest
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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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Enhanced Disclosure Document
Key Investor Information Documents
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 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.