1. Overview

    The Global Alpha Growth Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI ACWI Index, as stated in Sterling, 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 Global Sector.

    Our Global Alpha investment managers draw on the broad capabilities of our 100 research analysts and insights of the Baillie Gifford investment teams.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/03/2021

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 5.6%31.4%16.4%20.2%
    Index* 9.2%23.9%11.9%15.3%
    Target Benchmark** 10.3%26.4%14.2%17.6%
    Sector Average*** 9.0%24.6%11.3%14.3%

    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)

    31/03/2016
    31/03/2017

    31/03/2017
    31/03/2018

    31/03/2018
    31/03/2019

    31/03/2019
    31/03/2020

    31/03/2020
    31/03/2021

    Class B-Acc 35.3%11.2%9.1%0.3%52.7%
    Index* 33.0%2.9%11.1%-6.2%39.6%
    Target Benchmark** 35.6%5.0%13.3%-4.3%42.4%
    Sector Average*** 28.6%2.7%9.0%-6.0%40.6%

    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Performance source: FE and relevant underlying index provider, single pricing basis, total return.
    Returns reflect the annual charges but exclude any initial charge paid.
    *MSCI AC World Index.
    **MSCI AC World Index +2%.
    ***IA Global Sector.

    Performance - 31/05/2021

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Source: FE and relevant underlying index provider, single pricing basis, total return.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The graph is rebased to 100.

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/05/2021

    Fund %
    1 Naspers 3.2%
    2 Moody's 2.5%
    3 Alphabet 2.3%
    4 SEA Limited 2.2%
    5 Prudential 2.2%
    6 Microsoft 2.2%
    7 Amazon.com 2.2%
    8 Anthem 2.2%
    9 TSMC 2.2%
    10 Ryanair 2.2%
    Total 23.3%
    GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF TOTAL ASSETS - 31/05/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 North America 52.73
    • 2 Emerging Markets 15.67
    • 3 Europe (ex UK) 13.16
    • 4 Developed Asia Pacific 10.34
    • 5 UK 7.05
    • 6 Cash 1.05
    • Total 100.0

    As the Fund invests in overseas securities, changes in the rates of exchange may cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.
    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.

    Meet the Managers

    Malcolm MacColl

    Malcolm is an Investment Manager in the Global Alpha Team, having been involved with Global Alpha since the product’s inception in 2005. He became a Partner of the firm in 2011. Malcolm joined Baillie Gifford in 1999 and has spent time working in the UK Small Cap and North American Teams. He is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals. Malcolm graduated MA in Economics and History in 1998 and MLitt in Economics, Politics and Management in 1999, both from the University of St Andrews.

    Spencer Adair

    Spencer joined Baillie Gifford in 2000 and is an Investment Manager in the Global Alpha Team. He became a Partner in 2013 and has also spent time working in the Fixed Income, Japanese, European and UK Equity Teams. Spencer graduated BSc in Medicine from the University of St Andrews in 1997, followed by two years of clinical training in Edinburgh.

    Helen Xiong

    Helen joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. She has also spent time working on our Developed Asia, UK, North America, Emerging Markets and Global Equity Teams. Before coming to live and work in the UK, Helen lived in China, South Africa and Norway. She graduated BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2007 and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge the following year.

    How to Invest

    You can invest in our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

    Please note that we do not have the facility for you to invest directly with us in our Investment Trusts and we do not offer ISAs, SIPPS or Share Plans.

    Please also note that we do not have an online service for individual investors.

    Further information on our funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request.

    Baillie Gifford does not sponsor, maintain or have any control over the content of any other websites. Therefore, we are not responsible for the adequacy or accuracy of any of the information you may view, nor do we undertake to ensure successful transmission to any linked website.

    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

    Documents

    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). Please note that, due to current government restrictions, we have a limited number of staff in our office. As a result, if posting instructions to us, there may be a delay in processing these due to these current restrictions.

    To download any document you will need Adobe Reader. Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Risks

    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

    Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.

    Foreign Currency

    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.

    Emerging Markets

    The Fund invests in emerging markets where difficulties in dealing, settlement and custody could arise, resulting in a negative impact on the value of your investment.

    Volatility

    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.

    Dilution

    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

    Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.