1. Overview

    The UK Equity Alpha Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the FTSE All-Share Index by at least 2% 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 UK All Companies Sector.

    The important point for long-term equity investment is that you can get the broad direction of travel right.

    Gerard Callahan


    Top Ten Holdings - 31/03/2021

    Fund %
    1 Rightmove 7.1%
    2 Ocado 6.2%
    3 Renishaw 5.8%
    4 Aveva 5.4%
    5 Auto Trader 5.4%
    6 Trainline 5.1%
    7 HomeServe 4.5%
    8 ASOS 4.1%
    9 Abcam 4.0%
    10 Hargreaves Lansdown 3.7%
    Total 51.2%

    Fund %

    • 1 Consumer Discretionary 19.80
    • 2 Industrials 18.49
    • 3 Financials 13.90
    • 4 Health Care 10.97
    • 5 Technology 10.78
    • 6 Consumer Staples 8.80
    • 7 Real Estate 7.14
    • 8 Basic Materials 7.02
    • 9 Energy 0.65
    • 10 Cash 2.45
    • Total 100.0

    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

    Gerard Callahan

    Gerard joined Baillie Gifford in 1991 and is head of our UK Equity Team and Chairman of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group. He became a Partner of the firm in 2000 and Lead Manager of our UK Alpha Strategy in the same year. Gerard has been involved as a Portfolio Manager in our International strategies since 1998, initially in selecting UK stocks. He graduated BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1991.


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