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 31/03/2021
      6 Months 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
    Class B-Acc -2.2% 47.9% 7.8% 16.0%
    Index* 4.9% 24.4% 3.6% 10.9%
    Target Benchmark** 5.6% 26.3% 5.1% 12.5%
    Sector Average*** 8.9% 41.5% 6.4% 13.8%
    Sector Ranking 7/7 2/7 2/7 1/7
    Annual Discrete Performance figures to 31 March each year
    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)
      31/03/2016
    31/03/2017
    31/03/2017
    31/03/2018
    31/03/2018
    31/03/2019
    31/03/2019
    31/03/2020
    31/03/2020
    31/03/2021
    Class B-Acc 23.7% 35.4% -0.7% -14.7% 47.9%
    Index* 34.5% 12.2% -4.8% -6.2% 24.4%
    Target Benchmark** 36.6% 13.9% -3.4% -4.8% 26.3%
    Sector Average*** 33.5% 18.9% -7.6% -7.8% 41.5%
    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 and relevant underlying index provider, single pricing basis, total return.
    Returns reflect the annual charges but exclude any initial charge paid.
    *MSCI Japan Small Cap Index.
    **MSCI Japan Small Cap Index +1.5%.
    ***IA Japanese Smaller Companies Sector.
    Performance - 31/03/2021
    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.
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    Top Ten Holdings - 31/03/2021

    Fund %
    1 RakSul 3.6%
    2 Outsourcing 3.4%
    3 GMO Payment Gateway 2.8%
    4 Tsugami 2.7%
    5 Demae-Can 2.6%
    6 MonotaRO 2.5%
    7 Kitanotatsujin 2.4%
    8 Megachips 2.4%
    9 Nihon M&A 2.4%
    10 Jeol 2.3%
    Total 27.1%
    Fund %
    1 RakSul 3.6%
    2 Outsourcing 3.4%
    3 GMO Payment Gateway 2.8%
    4 Tsugami 2.7%
    5 Demae-Can 2.6%
    6 MonotaRO 2.5%
    7 Kitanotatsujin 2.4%
    8 Megachips 2.4%
    9 Nihon M&A 2.4%
    10 Jeol 2.3%
    Total 27.1%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 31/03/2021
    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.
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    Meet the Manager

    Praveen Kumar

    Praveen joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team. He is also the Lead Manager for the Japanese Smaller Companies strategy. He previously worked for FKI Logistex. Praveen graduated BEng in Computer Science from Bangalore University in 2001 and gained an MBA from the University of Cambridge in 2008.

    How to Buy

    You can invest in a range of our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Further information on the funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

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    Fund Platforms/Supermarkets

    OEIC Terms of Business

    To buy and sell our funds, you must complete and return a copy of the document below, if you don't already have an agreement with us. In order for us to accept your business for our range of OEICs, please complete and return the Terms of Business Acceptance Form.

    Documents

    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). Please note that, due to current government restrictions, we have a limited number of staff in our office. As a result, if posting instructions to us, there may be a delay in processing these due to these current restrictions.

    To download any document you will need Adobe Reader. Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Risks

    General Investment Risk

    Investment markets can go down as well as up and market conditions can change rapidly. The value of an investment in the Fund, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

    Custody

    Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.

    Smaller Companies

    Investment in smaller companies is generally considered higher risk as the market for their shares may be less liquid and more difficult to trade than that for larger companies. As a result, share price fluctuations may be greater. In addition smaller companies may not do so well in periods of adverse economic conditions. Where such companies have business models and competitive positions which are less well established, this could result in an increased likelihood of loss for investors.

    Market Conditions

    Any value assigned to illiquid securities which are difficult to trade, such as those in smaller companies, may not accurately reflect the price the Fund might receive upon their sale.

    Single Country

    The Fund’s exposure to a single market and currency may increase share price movements.

    Foreign Currency

    The Fund has exposure to foreign currencies and changes in the rates of exchange will cause the value of any investment, and income from it, to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested.

    Volatility

    The Fund’s share price can be volatile due to movements in the prices of the underlying holdings and the basis on which the Fund is priced.

    Dilution

    A dilution adjustment may apply when you buy or sell shares in the Fund. This is applied to the share price and may reduce the return on your investment.

    Fees from Revenue

    Where possible, charges are taken from the Fund's revenue. Where there is insufficient revenue, the remainder will be taken from capital. This will reduce the capital value of your investment.

    Tax Rates

    Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.