1. Overview

    The High Yield Bond Fund aims to produce a combination of income and capital growth.

    The manager believes an appropriate comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association Sterling High Yield Bond sector average given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing.

    We focus on fundamental, forward looking research leading to a best ideas portfolio where every investment should make a difference.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 28/02/2023

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Inc 1.6%-5.9%-1.8%0.6%


    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 December each year Sector Average

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Inc -2.5%11.9%3.0%2.5%-13.3%
    Sector Average*** -3.2%10.9%4.0%4.1%-10.2%

    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, total return in sterling.
    *IA £ High Yield Sector.

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

    Performance - 28/02/2023

    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, 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* - 28/02/2023

    Fund %
    1 LeasePlan 7.375% 2024 Perp AT1 2.2%
    2 SPCM 2.625% 2029 2.2%
    3 Grifols 3.875% 2028 2.0%
    4 Victoria 3.625% 2026 1.9%
    5 Burford Capital 6.25% 2028 (144a) 1.8%
    6 PaymentSense 8% 2025 1.7%
    7 James Hardie 3.625% 2026 1.7%
    8 Ziggo 2.875% 2030 1.7%
    9 MercadoLibre 3.125% 2031 1.7%
    10 ANGI Homeservices 3.875% 2028 (144A) 1.6%
    Total 18.6%

    Fund %

    • 1 Financial Services 13.93
    • 2 Basic Industry 11.45
    • 3 Telecommunications 10.29
    • 4 Health Care 8.23
    • 5 Services 7.83
    • 6 Retail 7.32
    • 7 Capital Goods 6.45
    • 8 Technology & Electronics 6.41
    • 9 Media 5.32
    • 10 Banking 5.22
    • 11 Real Estate 3.35
    • 12 Consumer Goods 3.05
    • 13 Insurance 2.49
    • 14 Energy 2.37
    • 15 Automotive 2.34
    • 16 Others 1.95
    • 17 Cash & Derivatives 2.00
    • Total 100.00

    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

    Robert Baltzer

    Robert is Head of Credit Research and co-manager of the Global Strategic Bond Fund and our high yield funds. He is a member of the Investment Grade, Crossover and High Yield Portfolio Groups. Robert joined Baillie Gifford in 2001 on the graduate scheme. He graduated MMath from Durham University in 2001 and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Lucy Isles

    Lucy is an investment manager in the Credit Team and co-manager of our high yield bond funds. She leads the High Yield Portfolio Group and chairs the Governance and Sustainability Multi Asset and Fixed Income Working Group. Lucy joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 on the graduate scheme. She graduated MA (Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews in 2011.

    Arthur Milson

    Arthur Milson is an investment manager in the Credit Team. He is co-manager of our high yield bond funds and a member of the High Yield Portfolio Group. Before joining Baillie Gifford in 2022, Arthur worked for abrdn/Standard Life Investments for 16 years, where he was responsible for managing a number of high yield funds. Arthur graduated BSc Biological Sciences from The University of Edinburgh in 1992, has a postgraduate diploma in Commerce from The University of Wollongong and is a Chartered Accountant.


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