1. Overview

    The Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund seeks capital appreciation.

    Investment Proposition

    We seek to produce a portfolio of 40-80 of China's growing companies regardless of their location of listing, market capitalisation or size in the Index. We have a long-term (5+ year) investment horizon, a focus on growth stocks, and employ rigorous fundamental analysis to stock selection. This benefits from balancing global perspectives with local insights from our offices in Edinburgh and Shanghai.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 12/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    Since Inception*†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class K-4.72%-3.95%-17.30%17.97%0.87%
    MSCI China All Shares Index-1.52%-2.52%-12.27%n/an/a

    **Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized and are as of the date shown above. Returns for all other periods are as of December 31 2021, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    Performance of Institutional Class may exceed that of Class K, this is due to rounding. Generally, on Funds which utilize a sub-transfer agency service, we expect Class K to have higher performance than Institutional Class.

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).

    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021

    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021

    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.

    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    Expense Ratios: All mutual funds have expense ratios which represent what shareholders pay for operating expenses and management fees. Expense ratios are expressed as an annualized percentage of a fund's average net assets paid out in expenses. Expense ratio information is as of the Fund's current prospectus, as revised and supplemented from time to time. The net expense ratios for this fund are contractually capped (excluding taxes, sub-accounting expenses and extraordinary expenses), through April 30 2023.

    The MSCI China All Shares Index captures large and mid-cap representation across China A-shares, B-shares, H-shares, Red- chips, P-chips and foreign listings (e.g. ADRs). The index aims to reflect the opportunity set of China share classes listed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and outside of China. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment. The Fund is more concentrated than the MSCI China All Shares Index.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 12/31/2021

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021
    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021
    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.
    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    The Baillie Gifford Fund's performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions and is net of management fees and expenses. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. From time to time, certain fees and/or expenses have been voluntarily or contractually waived or reimbursed, which has resulted in higher returns. Without these waivers or reimbursements, the returns would have been lower. Voluntary waivers or reimbursements may be applied or discontinued at any time without notice. Only the Board of Trustees may modify or terminate contractual fee waivers or expense reimbursements. All fees are described in the fund's prospectus.

     

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 12/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    Since Inception*†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class I-4.72%-3.95%-17.30%18.12%1.02%
    MSCI China All Shares Index-1.52%-2.52%-12.27%n/an/a

    **Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized and are as of the date shown above. Returns for all other periods are as of December 31 2021, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    Performance of Institutional Class may exceed that of Class K, this is due to rounding. Generally, on Funds which utilize a sub-transfer agency service, we expect Class K to have higher performance than Institutional Class.

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).

    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021

    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021

    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.

    *Not annualized

     

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

     

     

    Expense Ratios: All mutual funds have expense ratios which represent what shareholders pay for operating expenses and management fees. Expense ratios are expressed as an annualized percentage of a fund's average net assets paid out in expenses. Expense ratio information is as of the Fund's current prospectus, as revised and supplemented from time to time. The net expense ratios for this fund are contractually capped (excluding taxes, sub-accounting expenses and extraordinary expenses), through April 30 2023.

     

    The MSCI China All Shares Index captures large and mid-cap representation across China A-shares, B-shares, H-shares, Red- chips, P-chips and foreign listings (e.g. ADRs). The index aims to reflect the opportunity set of China share classes listed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and outside of China. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment. The Fund is more concentrated than the MSCI China All Shares Index.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 12/31/2021

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021
    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021
    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.
    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    The Baillie Gifford Fund's performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions and is net of management fees and expenses. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. From time to time, certain fees and/or expenses have been voluntarily or contractually waived or reimbursed, which has resulted in higher returns. Without these waivers or reimbursements, the returns would have been lower. Voluntary waivers or reimbursements may be applied or discontinued at any time without notice. Only the Board of Trustees may modify or terminate contractual fee waivers or expense reimbursements. All fees are described in the fund's prospectus.

     

    Holdings 12/31/2021

    SEDOL ISIN Company Country Holding Asset Price Currency Asset Type Market Value (USD) Fund %
    1 BMMV2K8 KYG875721634 Tencent China 4,500 456.80 HKD Equity 263663.53 9.69
    2 BK6YZP5 KYG017191142 Alibaba China 12,000 118.90 HKD Equity 183009.89 6.72
    3 BHQPSY7 CNE100003662 CATL China 1,400 588.00 CNY Equity 129162.84 4.75
    4 BGJW376 KYG596691041 Meituan China 3,900 225.40 HKD Equity 112753.49 4.14
    5 BKPQZT6 KYG8208B1014 JD.com China 3,100 274.00 HKD Equity 108949.12 4.00
    6 Cash and Deposits International 106,792 0.00 USD Equity 106791.53 3.92
    7 BP3R2F1 CNE0000018R8 Kweichow Moutai China 300 2050.00 CNY Equity 96495.56 3.55
    8 B01FLR7 CNE1000003X6 Ping An Insurance China 12,000 56.15 HKD Equity 86425.61 3.18
    9 B1DYPZ5 CNE1000002M1 China Merchants Bank China 11,000 60.55 HKD Equity 85431.55 3.14
    10 B01JCK9 KYG5496K1242 Li Ning China 7,000 85.35 HKD Equity 76632.51 2.82
    Total 45.90%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 12/31/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Consumer Discretionary 28.98
    • 2 Communication Services 14.03
    • 3 Health Care 12.35
    • 4 Industrials 12.24
    • 5 Financials 8.53
    • 6 Information Technology 8.11
    • 7 Consumer Staples 6.60
    • 8 Materials 3.61
    • 9 Utilities 1.25
    • 10 Real Estate 0.39
    • 11 Cash 3.92
    • Total 100.0

    Total may not sum due to rounding

    Regional Analysis of Total Assets - 12/31/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Emerging Markets 96.08
    • 2 Cash 3.92
    • Total 100.0

    Total may not sum due to rounding

    It should not be assumed that recommendations/transactions made in the future will be profitable or will equal performance of the securities mentioned. The composition of the Fund's holdings is subject to change. Percentages are based on securities at market value. Internal classifications are used for any graphs represented above.

    There is no guarantee that the investment objective of the Fund will be achieved. Stocks fluctuate in price and the value of your investment in the Fund may go down. This means that you could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund may not perform as well as other possible investments. 

    Managers

    Sophie Earnshaw

    Sophie joined Baillie Gifford in 2010 and is an Investment Manager in the Emerging Markets and China A-share Teams. She has also been Co-Manager of the China Fund and a member of the International Focus Portfolio Construction Group since 2014. Sophie is a CFA Charter holder. She graduated MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and MPhil in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

    Mike Gush

    Mike is a named manager for Baillie Gifford’s Emerging Markets and China Funds, as well as being responsible for the Emerging Markets Small Cap strategy. He has also been a member of the Global Stewardship strategy since its inception in 2015. Mike first joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and before moving to the Emerging Markets Equity Team in 2005, Mike worked in the UK and Japanese Equity Teams. Mike became a Partner of the firm in 2020. He is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MEng from the University of Durham in 2003. 

    Roderick Snell

    Roderick joined Baillie Gifford in 2006 and is an Investment Manager in the Emerging Markets Equity Team. He has managed the Baillie Gifford Pacific Fund since 2010 and has been Manager of Pacific Horizon Investment Trust since 2021 (he was deputy from 2013). Since March 2020, he has also been a manager on the China strategy. He spent time in the UK and European Equity teams prior to joining the Emerging Markets Equity Team in 2008. Roderick graduated BSc (Hons) in Medical Biology from the University of Edinburgh in 2006.

    Risks

    As with all mutual funds, the value of an investment in the Fund could decline, so you could lose money. The most significant risks of an investment in the Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund are China Risk, Investment Style Risk, Growth Stock Risk, Long-Term Investment Strategy Risk, Non-Diversification Risk and Geographic Focus Risk. Investing in securities of Chinese issuers involves certain risks not typically associated with investing in securities of U.S. issuers, including more frequent trading suspensions and government interventions (including by nationalization of assets), currency exchange rate fluctuations or blockages, different financial reporting standards, custody risks, and potential adverse tax consequences. Investing in securities of Chinese issuers involves certain risks such as limits on use of brokers and foreign ownership. There can be a higher dependence on exports and international trade with the potential for increased trade tariffs, sanctions and embargoes.  U.S. sanctions or other investment restrictions could preclude the Fund from investing in certain Chinese issuers or cause the Fund to sell investments at a disadvantageous time. Chinese securities can become illiquid quickly as Chinese issuers have the ability to suspend trading and have done so in response to market volatility and other events. The Fund is managed on a bottom up basis and stock selection is likely to be the main driver of investment returns. Returns are unlikely to track the movements of the benchmark. The prices of growth stocks can be based largely on expectations of future earnings and can decline significantly in reaction to negative news. The Fund is managed on a long-term outlook, meaning that the Fund managers look for investments that they think will make returns over a number of years, rather than over shorter time periods. The Fund may have a smaller number of holdings with larger positions in each relative to other mutual funds. The Fund focuses on investments in a limited number of countries or geographic regions, meaning it may offer less diversification and be more volatile than other funds. Other Fund risks include: Conflicts of Interest Risk, Currency Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Equity Securities Risk, Focused Investment Risk, Government and Regulatory Risk, Information Technology Risk, IPO Risk, Large-Capitalization Securities Risk, Liquidity Risk, Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk, Market Risk, New and Smaller-Sized Funds Risk, Non-U.S. Investment Risk, Service Provider Risk, Settlement Risk, Small-and Medium-Capitalization Securities Risk, Underlying Funds Risk and Valuation Risk. For more information about these and other risks of an investment in the Fund, see “Principal Investment Risks” and “Additional Investment Strategies” in the prospectus.

    The Baillie Gifford Mutual Funds are distributed by Baillie Gifford Funds Services LLC. Investors should carefully consider the objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Funds before investing. This information and other information about the Funds can be found in the prospectus and the summary prospectus. For a prospectus and summary prospectus please go to the Documents section on this page. Please carefully read the Fund’s prospectus and related documents before investing.

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    The Baillie Gifford Mutual Funds are distributed by Baillie Gifford Funds Services LLC. Investors should carefully consider the objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Funds before investing. This information and other information about the Funds can be found in the prospectus and the summary prospectus. For a prospectus and summary prospectus please go here. Please carefully read the Fund’s prospectus and related documents before investing.