1. UK Equity Core Fund

  2. Overview

    The UK Equity Core Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the FTSE All-Share Index by at least 1% 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.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 30/06/2024

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 4.9%9.7%0.9%2.7%
    Index* 7.4%13.0%7.4%5.5%
    Target Benchmark** 8.0%14.1%8.5%6.6%

    Figures for 3 and 5 years are shown as the annualised rate of return. This is the average yearly return over the specified period.

    Annual Discrete Performance to 30 June each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc -10.9%25.2%-15.0%10.1%9.7%
    Index* -13.0%21.5%1.6%7.9%13.0%
    Target Benchmark** -12.1%22.7%2.7%9.0%14.1%
    Sector Average*** -11.0%27.7%-8.5%6.2%12.6%

    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.

    Source: FE, Revolution, FTSE. Total return net of charges, in sterling.
    Share class returns calculated using 10am prices, while the Index is calculated close-to-close.
    †17 January 2018.
    *FTSE All-Share Index +1.0%
    ****FTSE All-Share Index plus at least 1% per annum over rolling five-year periods.
    ***IA UK All Companies Sector.

    Top Ten Holdings - 30/06/2024

    Fund %
    1 AstraZeneca 5.2%
    2 Rio Tinto 4.1%
    3 Bunzl 4.1%
    4 RELX 3.9%
    5 Unilever 3.7%
    6 Marks and Spencer Group 3.5%
    7 Auto Trader 3.5%
    8 Legal & General 3.3%
    9 Inchcape 3.2%
    10 Howden Joinery 3.1%
    Total 37.6%

    Meet the Manager

    Iain McCombie

    Iain is the head of our UK Equity Team and lead manager of the UK Core Strategy. He is also the joint manager on our flagship Managed Strategy, which he has been involved in since 2000, and became a partner of the firm in 2005. Since joining Baillie Gifford in 1994, Iain has spent time on the US Equities Team. Iain graduated with a MA in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant.


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