1. UK and Worldwide Equity Fund

    UK and Worldwide Equity Fund

  2. Overview

    The UK & Worldwide Equity Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) a composite index comprising 60% UK and 40% overseas equities, as stated in sterling, by at least 1% per annum over rolling five-year periods. The composite index is calculated by Baillie Gifford and comprises: 60% FTSE All-Share Index and 40% overseas. The overseas element is currently made up of 28% FTSE North America Index; 28% FTSE Europe (ex UK) Index; 28% MSCI Pacific Index and 16% MSCI Emerging Markets Index. 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 target given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/03/2024

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 11.0%9.4%-1.2%6.0%
    Index* 9.8%11.6%8.1%7.2%
    Target Benchmark** 10.3%12.8%9.1%8.3%

    Figures for 3 and 5 years are shown as the annualised rate of return. This is the average yearly return over the specified period.


    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)

    31/03/2019
    31/03/2020

    31/03/2020
    31/03/2021

    31/03/2021
    31/03/2022

    31/03/2022
    31/03/2023

    31/03/2023
    31/03/2024

    Class B-Acc -10.1%54.4%-6.0%-6.2%9.4%
    Index* -14.0%30.8%10.5%2.3%11.6%
    Target Benchmark** -13.1%32.1%11.6%3.3%12.8%

    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.

    Source: FE, Revolution, FTSE, MSCI. Total return net of charges, in sterling.
    Share class returns calculated using 10am prices, while the Index is calculated close-to-close.
    *60% FTSE All-Share Index and 40% Overseas Equities.
    **60% FTSE All-Share Index and 40% Overseas Equities +1%.

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/03/2024

    Fund %
    1 Baillie Gifford Emerging Markets Leading Companies Fund 4.0%
    2 Baillie Gifford Emerging Markets Growth Fund 3.4%
    3 AstraZeneca 2.6%
    4 Bunzl 2.3%
    5 RELX 2.3%
    6 Rio Tinto 2.3%
    7 Legal & General 2.1%
    8 Diageo 2.0%
    9 Unilever 1.9%
    10 Marks and Spencer Group 1.9%
    Total 24.8%
    Geographic Analysis of Total Assets - 31/03/2024

    Fund %

    • 1 UK 56.62
    • 2 North America 11.94
    • 3 Developed Asia Pacific 11.84
    • 4 Europe (ex UK) 11.75
    • 5 Emerging Markets 7.40
    • 6 Cash 0.46
    • Total 100.00

    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

    Andrew Stobart

    Andrew is an investment manager in the Emerging Markets Equity Team. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1991, and prior to joining the team in 2007, he has also spent time working in our UK, Japanese, and North American Equity teams. Andrew has been involved in running the Emerging Markets portion of the Managed Fund since 2012. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, he previously spent three years working in investment banking in London. Andrew graduated MA in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1987.

    Iain McCombie

    Iain is the head of our UK Equity Team and lead manager of the UK Core Strategy. He is also the joint manager on our flagship Managed Strategy, which he has been involved in since 2000, and became a partner of the firm in 2005. Since joining Baillie Gifford in 1994, Iain has spent time on the US Equities Team. Iain graduated with a MA in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

    Iain Campbell

    Iain is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team. He is Manager of the Developed Asia Strategy and is a member of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group. Iain graduated BA in Modern History from Oxford University in 2000, and worked for Goldman Sachs and travelled in Asia, before joining Baillie Gifford in 2004. Iain became a Partner of the Firm in May 2020.

    Stephen Paice

    Stephen is head of the European Equity Team. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2005, and became a partner of the firm in 2024. Stephen has been involved in running the European portion of the Global Core Strategy and Managed Strategy since 2019, as well as becoming a member of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group in 2022. Prior to joining the team he spent time in the US, UK Smaller Companies and Japanese equities teams. Stephen graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Financial Mathematics in 2005.

    Kirsty Gibson

    Kirsty is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. Kirsty joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and began her career on the US Equities Team, moving on to spend several years in small and large cap global equities departments, before returning to the US Equities Team. She graduated MA (Hons) in Economics in 2011 and MSc in Carbon Management in 2012, both from the University of Edinburgh. 

    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.

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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

    Documents

    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.

    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.

    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.