Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc
Rated Fund 2013-20. A high-conviction portfolio with a tech focus
Scottish Mortgage has claimed the title of Money Observer’s Best Global Growth Trust for five years running. With assets under management of £8.3 billion, it is a FTSE 100 company and by far the largest investment trust. It is the flagship fund of Baillie Gifford, the Edinburgh-based investment manager which promotes ‘actual’ investing – deploying cash into tangible, sustainable activities that allow companies to grow and prosper.
James Anderson has run this trust since 2000, with Tom Slater becoming co-manager in 2014. Anderson is a long-term believer in the power of technology, and fiercely committed to running a high-conviction portfolio of companies that will change the world. The trust has 85 holdings, with the top 10 accounting for almost half of assets. He warns that such an approach can result in periods of underperformance but expects to be judged over at least five and preferably 10 years. Over 10 years, the trust’s shares have risen by almost 500%, more than double the FTSE All-World index return of 212%.
The duo believe that many of the most exciting companies now wait until their fastest growth period is over before seeking a stockmarket listing. To that end, they can invest up to a quarter of assets in unquoted companies.
Economies of scale have seen the trust’s ongoing charges fall to an incredibly low 0.37%. For the past six years its shares have tended to trade at a small premium to net asset value but can sometimes be picked up at a modest discount.
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Tom graduated BSc in Computer Science with Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 2000. He joined Baillie Gifford the same year and worked in the Developed Asia and UK Equity Teams before joining the Long Term Global Growth Team at the start of 2009. Tom became a Partner in the firm in 2012. Tom was appointed Joint Manager of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust in January 2015 having served as Deputy Manager for the previous five years. In 2015 Tom was appointed Head of the North American Equities Team and is a decision maker on Long Term Global Growth portfolios. Tom’s investment interest is focused on high growth companies both in listed equity markets and as an investor in private companies.
James graduated BA in History from Oxford University and after postgraduate study in Italy and Canada he gained an MA in International Affairs in 1982. He is a Trustee of the Johns Hopkins University. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 and became a Partner in 1987. He headed our European Equity team until 2003 when he founded our Long Term Global Growth strategy. He has Chaired the EAFE Alpha Portfolio Group since its inception in 2003 and has been the Manager and then Joint Manager of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust since 2000. In 2015 James became the Chair of our newly formed Equity Improvement Group. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the government sponsored Kay Review and as Chair of the subsequent industry working group that set up the UK Investor Forum.
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