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2017 OCT


Siobhan Pandya


Equities Market Perspective

In this month’s update, Head of Equity Markets Content Siobhan Pandya takes a look at the diverse world of the UK smaller companies sector. For a quick snapshot of the equity market over the past month and our latest theme, please download our Equities market perspective note.

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Monthly insights from the M&G Global Convertibles team


Variety is the spice of new issues

This month, we return to the subject of new issuance, one of the most important aspects of the convertibles market. It has been apparent that, rather than sunning themselves on the Riviera, many corporate financiers were working hard during the summer, with some US$15 billion having been raised since the end of May. We examine how this money will be used and comment on the varying characteristics of the new convertibles.

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2017 SEP

Fund updates

M&G Smaller Companies Fund


50-year anniversary of investing in UK smaller companies

The M&G Smaller Companies Fund was launched on 29 September 1967 and over the past 50 years has returned 12.7% per annum, on average. Throughout this period, the fund has provided investors with consistent exposure to some of the UK’s most innovative and dynamic businesses. Despite some difficult economic times and challenging investment markets, the fund’s returns have consistently protected savers’ capital from the corrosive effects of inflation and significantly exceeded the return on bank deposits. It is worth noting that as an asset class, UK smaller companies have regularly outperformed larger companies over the years.

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M&G Global Emerging Markets Fund - Market and fund update

Emerging market equities have rallied this year and outperformed their developed market counterparts by a significant margin, as represented by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index relative to the MSCI World and other major market indices (see Figure 1). Investors have moved back into the asset class, arguably encouraged by relatively attractive valuations, improving corporate profitability and a better macroeconomic environment, both in emerging markets and globally. Over the year to date, global emerging market equity funds have received inflows of US$55.3 billion.

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Ritu Vohora


Equities Market Perspective

In this month’s update, Investment Director Ritu Vohora looks at the case for investing in Japanese equities, which is arguably the strongest it’s been for many years.

For a quick snapshot of the equity market over the past month and our latest theme, please download our Equities market perspective note.

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Jim Leaviss


Kicking off finance

Fund Manager, Jim Leaviss is put through his paces by a hard-hitting, football loving journalist.

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2017 AUG


Ritu Vohora


Equities Market Perspective

Ritu Vohora's Equities Perspective update - August 2017

In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, asks if cyclicals are back in the driving seat of the equities rally, and gives a short update on how equities have performed globally across the sectors. For a quick snapshot of the equity market over the past month and our latest theme, please download our Equities market perspective note.

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