JAPANESE SMALLER COMPANIES FUNDJAPANESE SMALLER COMPANIES FUND
The Japanese Smaller Companies Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI Japan Small Cap 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 Japanese Smaller Companies Sector.
We add value through the use of proprietary, fundamental research which prioritises the selection of individually attractive companies rather than the taking of top-down industry bets.
Top Ten Holdings - 31/12/2020
Fund % 1 Demae-Can 3.7% 2 RakSul 3.2% 3 Nihon M&A 2.8% 4 GMO Payment Gateway 2.8% 5 Outsourcing 2.7% 6 Jeol 2.7% 7 GA Technologies 2.7% 8 Tsugami 2.6% 9 M3 2.6% 10 Bengo4.com 2.5% Total 28.4% Fund % 1 Demae-Can 3.7% 2 RakSul 3.2% 3 Nihon M&A 2.8% 4 GMO Payment Gateway 2.8% 5 Outsourcing 2.7% 6 Jeol 2.7% 7 GA Technologies 2.7% 8 Tsugami 2.6% 9 M3 2.6% 10 Bengo4.com 2.5% Total 28.4%Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 31/12/2020As 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.
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InsightsView all Insights.November 2020
Japan’s Software Disruptors.
How does a company de-age? Jared Anderson thinks about how Japanese companies are changing their working practices to meet modern expectations.November 2020
Japan Strategy Stewardship Report.
At Baillie Gifford, we interpret our stewardship responsibilities as being a natural extension of our fiduciary duty to clients. We conduct ourselves as diligent stewards of our clients’ funds by seeking out and backing unique business models with durable growth prospects, subsequently building relationships with management teams to support their long-term aspirations.June 2020
Japanese Smaller Companies Fund and Shin Nippon PLC – Manager Insights.
Praveen Kumar, investment manager of Japanese Smaller Companies Fund and Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon PLC, explains how Covid-19 will accelerate changes in the behaviour and working practices of corporate Japan and why this should result in numerous growth opportunities for fast-growing, nimble and disruptive smaller business.November 2019
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Almost unnoticed, Japanese management is changing for the better. Head of Japan Donald Farquharson looks at the transformation drawing on the experience of three decades of engagement.
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Meet the Manager
Praveen joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team. He is also the Lead Manager for the Japanese Smaller Companies strategy. He previously worked for FKI Logistex. Praveen graduated BEng in Computer Science from Bangalore University in 2001 and gained an MBA from the University of Cambridge in 2008.
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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.
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 exposure to a single market and currency may increase share price movements.
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.