I might have posted this before but interesting to hear from a very successful manager that has left Baillie Gifford. He speaks of group think being great at the start but then turning into a round table of nodding heads.
Pacific Horizon is an incredible performing Trust with a very different composition to all other BG Trusts. It specialises in the Asia Pacific region so you would be surprised that it does not hold Scottish Mortgage favourites like Alibaba and Tencent. The ex-manager felt pressured to hold these House favourites but instead sold all of them early in 2021 and saved his shareholders from the regulatory clampdown. He also says he doesnt fall in love with his holdings which cant be said for other BG Trusts
The trust has actually continued its differentiated strategy after his departure and its paid off when compared to its sister Trusts
A nice story. Ive always agreed with his views on UK companies struggling to take a foothold globally. I think Revolut (even with the misconduct) and Transferwise have a good chance of breaking this horrible run.
… and hopefully Freetrade
Over the years I have thought a great deal about that comment (other distinguished investors make it too). In summary I think it is a contextual comment. BG are thinking about a certain level of return … that is the context … this return relates to a certain type of ambition.
I think often that ambition gives them the competitive ‘moat’ or even the ‘deep blue sea’ that they need. Luck also helps.