The history of Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon
Buoyed at birth by Japan’s 1980s boom, Baillie Gifford’s Japanese small companies trust defied decades of economic adversity by seeking out the country’s most tenacious innovators. John Newlands tells its story.
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The investment trusts managed by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited are listed UK companies. The value of their shares, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.
The Trust invests in overseas securities. Changes in the rates of exchange may also cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.
The Trust's exposure to a single market and currency may increase risk.
The Trust’s risk could be increased by its investment in private companies. These assets may be more difficult to sell, so changes in their prices may be greater.
The Trust can borrow money to make further investments (sometimes known as “gearing” or “leverage”). The risk is that when this money is repaid by the Trust, the value of the investments may not be enough to cover the borrowing and interest costs, and the Trust will make a loss. If the Trust’s investments fall in value, any invested borrowings
will increase the amount of this loss.
Market values for securities which have become difficult to trade may not be readily available and there can be no assurance that any value assigned to such securities will accurately reflect the price the Trust might receive upon their sale.
The Trust can make use of derivatives which may impact on its performance.
Investment in smaller immature companies is generally considered higher risk as changes in their share prices may be greater and the shares may be harder to sell. Smaller immature companies may do less well in periods of unfavourable economic conditions.
Share prices may either be below (at a discount) or above (at a premium) the net asset value (NAV). The Trust may issue new shares when the price is at a premium which will reduce the share price. Shares bought at a premium can therefore quickly lose value.
The Trust can buy back its own shares. The risks from borrowing, referred to above, are increased when a trust buys back its own shares.
The aim of the Trust is to achieve capital growth. You should not expect a significant or steady annual income from the Trust.
The Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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