1. Overview

    The Japanese Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the TOPIX, 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 Japan Sector.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 30/04/2023

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 8.2%0.1%4.4%1.7%
    Index* 8.2%5.8%6.0%2.9%
    Target Benchmark** 9.0%7.4%7.6%4.4%

    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc -1.1%-8.7%43.5%-8.5%-5.4%
    Index* -1.8%-2.5%24.8%-2.7%2.8%
    Target Benchmark** -0.3%-1.0%26.7%-1.2%4.3%
    Sector Average*** -3.6%-3.4%31.8%-4.4%0.7%

    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, Revolution, Tokyo Stock Exchange, total return in sterling.
    **TOPIX (in sterling) plus at least 1.5% per annum over rolling five-year periods.
    ***IA Japan Sector.

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

    Performance - 30/04/2023

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    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 Holdings - 30/04/2023

    Fund %
    1 SoftBank Group 4.6%
    2 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust 4.3%
    3 FANUC 3.5%
    4 SBI Holdings 3.5%
    5 Sony 3.3%
    6 GMO Internet 3.3%
    7 Bridgestone 3.0%
    8 Shiseido 3.0%
    9 Nintendo 3.0%
    10 MS&AD Insurance 2.9%
    Total 34.4%

    Fund %

    • 1 Man & Machinery 20.46
    • 2 Commerce & Services 17.89
    • 3 Electricals & Electronics 17.34
    • 4 Financials 14.37
    • 5 Info, Comm And Utilities 11.12
    • 6 Chemicals & Other Materials 9.48
    • 7 Pharmaceuticals & Foods 4.31
    • 8 Real Estate & Construction 3.11
    • 9 Retail 1.39
    • 10 Communication Services 0.70
    • 11 Cash -0.17
    • 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

    Matthew Brett

    Matthew is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team. He is Manager of the Japanese Fund (and related All Cap strategy segregated accounts), Manager of the Baillie Gifford Japan Trust, and Co-Manager of the Japanese Income Growth Fund. He is also a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group. Matthew graduated BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and became a Partner in 2018.


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