1. Overview

    The Strategic Bond Fund aims to produce monthly income. Opportunities for capital growth are also sought, subject to prevailing market conditions.

    The manager believes that appropriate comparisons for this Fund are the Investment Association Sterling Strategic Bond sector average, given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager and a composite index comprising 70%: ICE BofA Sterling Non-Gilt Index and 30%: ICE BofA European Currency High Yield Constrained Index (hedged to GBP) being representative of the strategic asset allocation of the Fund.

    Our performance is driven by stock selection. We source ideas across both investment grade and high yield bonds and are guided by our fundamental, bottom-up stock analysis.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/10/2022

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Inc -11.1%-18.4%-4.6%-0.9%
    Index* -9.8%-17.1%-4.2%-0.9%
    Target Benchmark** -7.7%-13.0%-2.1%-0.0%
    Sector Average*** -7.8%-13.0%-2.1%-0.0%
    Sector Ranking 75/8976/8867/7852/68

    Annual Discrete Performance to 30 September each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Inc 1.7%9.9%2.4%4.3%-21.1%
    Index* 0.7%9.1%2.9%2.8%-20.0%
    Target Benchmark** -0.1%7.1%3.6%4.6%-14.5%
    Sector Average*** -0.1%7.1%3.6%4.6%-14.5%

    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.
    Sector data based on B-Acc share class performance.
    Performance source: FE, total return in sterling.
    *70% ICE BofA ML Sterling Non Gilts Index / 30% ICE BofA ML European Currency High Yield Constrained Index
    **IA £ Strategic Bond Sector.

    Figures for 3 and 5 years show the annual rate of return.

    Performance - 31/10/2022

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Sector data based on B-Inc share class performance.
    Source: FE and relevant underlying index provider(s), 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 Physical Bond Holdings* - 31/10/2022

    Fund %
    1 Virgin Media 5% 2027 2.6%
    2 Bharti Airtel 5.65% 2025 Perp 2.5%
    3 NatWest Gp 2.875% 2026 2.5%
    4 EDP 4.496% 2024/79 2.5%
    5 LeasePlan 7.375% 2024 Perp AT1 2.4%
    6 Netflix 4.625% 2029 2.1%
    7 EDF 6% 2026 Perp 2.0%
    8 Barclays 1.7% 2026 2.0%
    9 Investec 2.625% 2026/32 1.8%
    10 Accor SA 2.625% Perp 1.7%
    Total 22.1%

    Fund %

    • 1 Financial Services 11.79
    • 2 Banking 10.09
    • 3 Telecommunications 9.84
    • 4 Insurance 9.49
    • 5 Utility 7.66
    • 6 Retail 7.15
    • 7 Commercial Mortgage Backed 6.25
    • 8 Real Estate 5.17
    • 9 Services 5.14
    • 10 Technology & Electronics 5.07
    • 11 Media 3.90
    • 12 Basic Industry 2.43
    • 13 Government Guaranteed 2.29
    • 14 Others 8.96
    • 15 Cash & Derivatives 4.77
    • 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

    Torcail Stewart

    Torcail is an investment manager in the Credit Team and co-manager of our strategic bond funds. Torcail leads the Crossover Portfolio Group and is a member of the Multi Asset and Income Leadership Group. Before joining Baillie Gifford in 2008, he worked as an investment analyst for the Alliance Trust’s UK large cap equity fund. Torcail graduated BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and M.Phil in Management, Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in 2005. He is a member of the CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK).

    Lesley Dunn

    Lesley is Head of Credit and co-manager of the Strategic Bond Fund. She is a member of the Multi Asset and Income Leadership Group and the Multi Asset Income Portfolio Construction Group. Before joining Baillie Gifford in 2016, Lesley spent 15 years at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, initially in the Investment Grade Team then as a high yield manager. She graduated BSc (Hons) in Maths, Statistics & Economics from Strathclyde University in 2000 and is a CFA Charterholder.

    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


    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available).

    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.


    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.

    Bonds and Inflation

    Bonds issued by companies and governments may be adversely affected by changes in interest rates, expectations of inflation and a decline in the creditworthiness of the bond issuer. The issuers of bonds in which the Fund invests may not be able to pay the bond income as promised or could fail to repay the capital amount.


    The Fund’s concentrated portfolio relative to similar funds may result in large movements in the share price in the short term.


    Derivatives may be used to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to assets and may result in the Fund being leveraged. This may result in greater movements (down or up) in the price of shares in the Fund. It is not our intention that the use of derivatives will significantly alter the overall risk profile of the Fund.


    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.

    Under certain market conditions it can be difficult to buy or sell securities and even small purchases or sales can cause their prices to move significantly. To manage the effects of this, we may apply an increased dilution adjustment. As a result investors may face increased dealing costs.

    Fees to capital
    From 1 October 2019 the Fund’s expenses will be taken from the Fund’s capital. This will reduce the capital value of the Fund. The figure for the current financial period has not yet been determined.

    Market Conditions

    Market values for illiquid securities which are difficult to trade may not be readily available, and there can be no assurance that any value assigned to them will reflect the price the Fund might receive upon their sale.

    Tax Rates

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