Baillie Gifford International A

Equity fund Investing worldwide, excluding the UK.

  • 8334.00p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 1.53%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 0.00%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 02 December 2020

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched October, 1999
Size £1,555m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.53%


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Investment process

The fund's aim is to achieve capital growth by investing principally in companies worldwide, excluding the UK. Income is of secondary importance.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.24%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 97.90%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Charles Plowden

Born in 1960, Plowden graduated with a BA in Modern History from Oxford University in 1983. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 and became a Partner in 1988. He gained experience in the US, Europe and Emerging Markets before moving to the UK team, where he was ultimately head of the department He is now the lead Global Alpha manager and has been involved with the product since inception. Since 2006, he has been one of the firm’s two joint seniors partners and Chief of Investment Staff.

Track record

Charles Plowden has 5.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.24%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 2000 - February 2000) there was a decline of 5% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 13%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 98%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -13.00% (July 1998 - September 1998)
Relative -5.00% (January 2000 - February 2000)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 30 June 2020

4.46% Inc
3.63% Naspers
2.93% Moodys Corp
2.83% Alphabet Inc
2.49% Microsoft Corp
2.4% Aia Group Ltd
2.4% Mastercard Inc
2.37% Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd
2.17% Shopify Inc Npv Subordinated A
2.05% Anthem Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Discretionary 20.00%
Financials 16.00%
Information Technology 16.00%
Health Care 16.00%
Communications 13.00%
Industrials 8.00%
Materials 4.00%
Consumer Staples 2.00%
Energy 2.00%
Money Market 2.00%

Key Investor Information