1. Overview

    The Japanese Smaller Companies Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI Japan Small Cap Index, 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 Japanese Smaller Companies Sector.

    We add value through the use of proprietary, fundamental research which prioritises the selection of individually attractive companies rather than the taking of top-down industry bets.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/10/2022

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 2.8%-29.2%-5.4%0.2%
    Index* -0.1%-10.2%-1.6%0.2%
    Target Benchmark** 0.7%-8.9%-0.2%1.7%

    Annual Discrete Performance to 30 September each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc 33.1%-6.8%24.2%0.4%-30.1%
    Index* 10.8%-0.3%2.0%10.1%-12.1%
    Target Benchmark** 12.4%1.2%3.5%11.8%-10.8%
    Sector Average*** 15.6%-4.3%9.8%15.2%-15.6%

    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, StatPro, MSCI, total return in sterling.
    *MSCI Japan Small Cap Index.
    **MSCI Japan Small Cap Index (in sterling) plus at least 1.5% per annum over rolling five-year periods.
    ***IA Japanese Smaller Companies 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.
    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 - 31/10/2022

    Fund %
    1 TechnoPro 3.2%
    2 Sho-Bond Holdings 2.9%
    3 Nakanishi 2.7%
    4 Descente 2.6%
    5 Cosmos Pharmaceutical 2.6%
    6 RakSul 2.5%
    7 Harmonic Drive Systems 2.5%
    8 Asahi Intecc 2.4%
    9 KATITAS 2.3%
    10 eGuarantee 2.3%
    Total 25.9%

    Fund %

    • 1 Industrials 32.33
    • 2 Information Technology 17.78
    • 3 Consumer Discretionary 15.96
    • 4 Health Care 7.83
    • 5 Communication Services 6.75
    • 6 Consumer Staples 6.59
    • 7 Financials 6.28
    • 8 Materials 3.35
    • 9 Real Estate 2.27
    • 10 Cash 0.85
    • 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 Manager

    Praveen Kumar

    Praveen is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team. He is the Manager of the Japanese Smaller Companies fund (and related Japan Small Cap strategy segregated accounts), Manager of the Shin Nippon Investment Trust, and Deputy Manager of the Baillie Gifford Japan Trust Plc. He is also a member of the International Smaller Companies Portfolio Construction Group (PCG). Praveen graduated BEng in Computer Science from Bangalore University in 2001, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He previously worked for FKI Logistex before joining Baillie Gifford in 2008. After completing the investment graduate trainee programme Praveen joined the Japanese Equities Team as an Investment Manager in 2011.


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