Baillie Gifford Strategic Bond B

A diversified blend of investment grade and high yield corporate bonds.

  • 93.25p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 250.10p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 1.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.53%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 3.30%

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Prices as at 26 January 2021

A blend of investment grade and high yield corporate bonds is held to produce a reasonable monthly income without eroding capital. Diversification across industry and asset class will aid to reduce the risk of a higher yield. There will be a bias toward BBB and BB issues where the manager's approach is best suited. Managed from Scotland by a reasonably sized team of analysts and managers.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched June, 2000
Size £1,323m
Yield 3.30%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Last day of each month


Standard initial charge 1.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.50%
Ongoing charges figure 0.53%


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Investment process

The Fund aims to achieve a high level of monthly income whilst preserving capital. Investing in a diverse portfolio of investment grade and high yield Sterling denominated bonds. They will manage the funds to exploit the philosophy that the majority of bonds are held by passive managers and that the rating agencies are slow to change ratings. Such opportunities tend to arise more frequently in BBB and BB rated bonds. The stock selection is focused on identifying where the greatest risk adjusted return can be found. This will be done through in house quantitative and qualitative research combined with information ratio analysis. For the bond in question, an automated credit score is produced using a rating agency methodology and the managers look to identify disparity from the current actual rating. The qualitative research involves assessment of industry, competitive position/advantage, financial strength and management attitude.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.27%
  • 17/18 0.27%
  • 18/19 0.06%
  • 19/20 0.20%
  • 20/21 0.04%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.10%
  • 5 years 0.17%
  • Career 0.17%
  • 3 years 85.10%
  • 5 years 98.60%
  • Career 98.10%

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

Stephen Rodger / Torcail Stewart

Rodger graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Management Science from the University of St Andrews in 1990. He completed a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics in 1994. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2000 and is Head of the Credit Department. Stewart graduated with a BA in Geography from Cambridge University in 2002 and with an M.Phil in Management, Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he worked as an Investment Analyst for the Alliance Trust’s UK Large Cap equity fund. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and is an Investment Manager in the Credit Investment Team

Track record

Stephen Rodger / Torcail Stewart has 10.6 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.17%. During the worst period of relative performance (from March 2011 - November 2011) there was a decline of 16% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 12%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 98%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -12.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -16.00% (March 2011 - November 2011)

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 31 July 2020

2.7% Netflix 4.625% 2029
2.6% Kfw 5% 2036
2.3% Nat. Grid 5.625% 2025
2% Virgin Media Secured Finance Plc 5% Bds 15/04/27 Gbp1000
1.7% Enel Finance Int 5.75% Bds 14/09/40 Gbp1400000000
1.7% Co-Operative Group 7.5% 2026
1.6% Tesco Property Finance 6 Plc 5.4111% Bds 13/07/44 Gbp100000
1.5% Crh Funding Bv 1.625% Bds 05/05/30 Eur100000
1.5% Global Switch 2.25% 2027
1.5% Softbank 5% 2028
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Utilities 14.00%
Insurance 9.00%
Technology 9.00%
Telecommunications 8.00%
Others 7.00%
Basic Industries 7.00%
Media 5.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 5.00%
Banks 5.00%
Services 4.00%


The number of companies represented in the portfolio will be in the range 40-60. The portion held in sub-investment grade bonds is generally around 30%. The average rating in the fund is investment grade.


There is no interest rate bet versus the universe and any credit risk will be taken in shorter-dated bonds.

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