Investment Insights

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2018 MAR

Insights

20/03/2018

Four ways you could beat inflation

Inflation is back. After two years when consumer prices in the UK barely rose, the annual rate of inflation has shot above the Bank of England’s target of 2% in 2017.

The Bank forecasts that consumer price inflation will remain above 2% in each year until 2021. While nowhere close to historic highs, higher inflation stands in contrast to near record low interest rates offered on cash savings.

To protect your purchasing power over time, your savings need to grow at least as quickly as prices are rising. Here are four ways that you could navigate the challenge posed by rising inflation, and help protect the value of your savings from its corrosive effects.

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Commentary

Jamie Horvat, Fund Manager and Henrietta Walker, Investment Specialist

13/03/2018

Profiting from the 'greening' of China

Profitting from the 'greening' of China

Think of Beijing and images of the Chinese capital shrouded in smog might come to mind.

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Insights

M&G Investments

06/03/2018

Is inflation a threat to your wealth?

Money is only ever really worth what you can buy with it.

Over time, rising prices erode the value of cash. Compare, if you will, how far £10 could stretch when you were younger to what it will buy today. It’s not just the price of goods that has risen over the past decades, but also assets like property.

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Insights

M&G Investment

05/03/2018

How to supplement your retirement income

Please refer to the glossary for an explanation of the investment terms used throughout this article.

Making sure you have enough income to support your needs and aspirations in retirement is never straight forward. For many, the challenge has become more acute with the squeeze on many traditional income streams.

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Insights

Ritu Vohora and Ana Cuddeford, M&G Investment Directors

01/03/2018

Smart Money – Letting your ISA work for you

In this edition of Smart Money, Ritu Vohora and Ana Cuddeford discuss how investing through your ISA can play a valuable role in long-term saving, and why you shouldn’t let choppy markets derail your plans.

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Insights

M&G Investments

01/03/2018

The real returns on cash savings

When we save or invest money, a common goal is for it to grow faster than prices are rising, or at least as quickly. This is because we know that inflation erodes the value of cash – in other words, reducing what can be bought with a £1 coin or £20 note over time.

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2018 FEB

Insights

M&G Investments

21/02/2018

Investing in bonds: 3 reasons not to go with the flow

The cheapest way to invest in the global bond market may not always be the most cheerful. The attraction of so-called passive funds is typically their lower costs. They try to mirror the composition of a given market – bonds issued by governments, for instance – offering you, the investor, a way to get exposure to all of it.

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Commentary

John William Olsen, Fund Manager

06/02/2018

Creating wealth sustainably for the long term

Sustainable investing can naturally mean different things to different people. From my perspective, as an investor in company shares, it boils down to the long-term durability of businesses.

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Insights

Insights

06/02/2018

Five reasons to open a stocks
and shares ISA

Are you one of the 78% of ISA savers who only stick with cash?

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2018 JAN

Insights

Alex Araujo

17/01/2018

Evolving infrastructure: Out of sight, not out of mind

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Insights

09/01/2018

Opening your stocks and shares ISA - a checklist

If you are thinking of joining the 2.6 million savers who invest tax-efficiently into stocks and shares ISAs, or individual saving accounts, there’s so much choice it might be difficult to know where to start.

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Insights

M&G Investments

08/01/2018

Long-term investing: letting time do its work

At M&G, we are strong advocates of long-term investing. Unless your investment horizon is only short term, we believe taking a longer-term approach – ignoring the day-to-day ups and downs of the markets – can better help you achieve your financial goals. Here are six steps to help time work in your favour when investing for your future.

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