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2020 JUN

Insights

M&G Institutional

30/06/2020

How does the current environment compare to the Global Financial Crisis?

The current crisis is very different to the last. It is economic in nature, in contrast to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), which was financial, with banks at its centre. However, there are similarities. Just as when the GFC fed through to the real economy, this crisis is expected to make leasing properties more challenging and taking risk more costly.

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Insights

David Fancourt, fund manager

30/06/2020

Spotlight on Euro high yield – The changing shape of indices

Both market volatility and credit rating changes have affected the composition and shape of the main high yield indices.

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Insights

M&G Institutional fixed income businesses

18/06/2020

Covid-19 – Fixed income update briefing

Credit and loans markets have continued to recover strongly, boosted by the ECB’s announcement to extend its stimulus package.
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Kirsty Clark

04/06/2020

‘Virtual’ reality in a post-COVID world

In this month’s video Kirsty Clark, Investment Specialist, looks at the increase in online activity and growing adoption of technology during lockdowns; from the growth in e-commerce to rising social media use. Could this evolution accelerate a structural shift towards greater digitalisation and virtual engagement, and what are the implications of a burgeoning global datasphere for individuals, businesses and governments alike?

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2020 MAY

Insights

M&G Investments

29/05/2020

Covid-19 – Fixed income update briefing

A periodic update of the fixed income market and economic events occurring over recent weeks and how M&G has been reacting. 
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Insights

David Fancourt, senior credit portfolio manager

27/05/2020

European high yield credit update

Credit markets stabilised in April; however, a wide dispersion of spreads means active stock-pickers can still find potential opportunities.

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Ritu Vohora

06/05/2020

Oil slides into uncharted waters

In this month’s video Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at oil’s tumultuous ride in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted the most profound impact on energy demand in 70 years alongside oversupplied markets. This unprecedented situation will shape the energy sector for years to come, with consequences for the wider industry and its transition to clean energy.

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Insights

M&G Investments

01/05/2020

Pandemic: The inextricable link between human, animal and ecosystem health and the emergence of communicable disease

The impact of COVID-19 has been significant in virtually every aspect of human life. A consequence of this is the way it is changing how we assess, value and engage with the companies in which we invest.

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2020 APR

Insights

David Fancourt, senior credit portfolio manager

27/04/2020

Covid 19 update: European high yield market moves - Fallen angels – how to ride the upcoming wave

The coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices have led to a surge in ‘fallen angels’, companies downgraded from investment grade to sub-investment grade. We look at how this is affecting European high yield credit markets and what the implications may be over the longer term.

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M&G Investments

24/04/2020

European private debt: shifting dynamics

Our paper examines the main sources of deal flow across Europe’s broad and dynamic private debt markets in 2019, highlighting some of the key observations or themes influencing deal activity in different parts of the market. We also discuss the broad themes that we believe are key to investing in private debt and can help well-positioned lenders access and align opportunities that can deliver the specific outcomes sought by investors.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented uncertainty, but even during this time it’s important not to lose sight of the long term.

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Insights

Jose - Luis Pellicer, Head of Investment Strategy, M&G Real Estate

22/04/2020

Covid-19 real estate update - Initial impacts of Covid-19 coronavirus

Economic disruption is feeding through to real estate markets, with the impact of the crisis currently most evident in occupier markets. Though partly mitigated by unprecedented government intervention, investors must adapt to the new ‘normal’ and prepare to navigate both the challenges and opportunities that turmoil may bring. In this paper, we shine a light on the initial impacts on real estate markets.

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Richard Ryan, senior fund manager

17/04/2020

Public credit – The end of the beginning

Credit markets have continued to develop in recent weeks as participants digest events and various official intervention strategies, and consider the ramifications for taking credit risk in the future.

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M&G Investments

09/04/2020

Covid-19 and consumer and mortgage finance: It’s not 2008 all over again

We believe that the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic will play out quite differently to the global financial crisis. While the past decade was arguably the decade of the corporation, could this be the decade of the consumer? In this paper, M&G’s Specialty Finance team examine the reasons why they believe this to be the case and discuss what that means for investment strategies.

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Insights

09/04/2020

Covid-19 and European high yield: a case of "darkest before dawn"?

This update provides fresh insight into the rollercoaster ride for European high yield investors in March and early April.
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Insights

M&G Investments

08/04/2020

Q1 Quarterly Market Summary 2020

Read the latest Pooled Pensions quarterly market summary. The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause prices to fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount they invested
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James King, director of fixed income

07/04/2020

Covid-19 and European ABS: Resilience under stress testing

In light of the extreme price moves in European ABS, we ran a number of Covid-19-specific stress-tests on securities. This paper details the outcomes.

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Ritu Vohora

06/04/2020

Capitalism meets Coronavirus

Despite the clearly tragic short-term impacts of the coronavirus, could the outbreak be an unintended agent of change? In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the potential silver lining amidst the fear and the value of ESG to long-term investors, providing an important and alternative perspective on major issues affecting markets and economies today.

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Insights

02/04/2020

COVID-19 impact on European ABS Price dislocation creates opportunities

The European ABS market has experienced incredible price moves, which are now at their most disconnected relative to the fundamental credit resiliency of these instruments since the depths of 2008/9 in our view. This paper is a 4-minute read.
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Insights

M&G Investments

01/04/2020

Covid-19 – further thoughts on finding credit opportunities

Pricing in credit markets continues to react and move rapidly, and we are using that price action to identify and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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