Managing your investments through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Navigating investment uncertainty in extraordinary times

At M&G Investments, our main priority as we respond to COVID-19 is the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and continuing to deliver the highest level of service to our clients and customers.

We have detailed Business Continuity Plans in place to deal with situations like those presented by COVID-19, and our workforce is well prepared. M&G adopted flexible working practices in most locations a year ago, so staff - including fund managers and dealers - have the operational connectivity and equipment necessary to work from home and in most cases are well used to doing so already. At present, the vast majority of our people are working as usual, but from home, and all critical services are functioning well.

We have asked our people to cease all but absolutely essential business travel, both internationally and between our offices. In the majority of cases, face to face meetings are being replaced by video or audio conference.

All our funds continue to be actively managed, and fund communications and reporting is continuing as normal, except face-to-face meetings.

We are closely monitoring the latest available information from multiple sources including the World Health Organisation (WHO), local media reports and government guidance. We are adhering to all regulations and guidelines from government authorities related to containment of the virus.

Our priority is to protect the wellbeing of our workforce and minimise the contagion risk, whilst continuing to operate our business and provide customers with the service they need.

We appreciate that you may have important questions for us over the coming days and weeks. Rest assured that we remain committed to providing you with a service that fully supports you. For any other queries or questions you may have please visit our Online Help Centre.

COVID-19 and fraud

In these challenging times, individuals are at increased risk of being exposed to financial scams – including those involving phishing emails and cold calls – in an attempt to obtain personal/sensitive information.

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A letter to our investors

The COVID-19 outbreak is obviously a source of concern for you and your family. In these uncertain times, I want to reassure you that we at M&G remain focused on our business of managing your investments for the long term.

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M&G research: Pandemic – Links between animal, human and ecosystem health

As COVID-19 devastates lives and destabilises markets, we share an in-depth research paper exploring these inextricable links and why they matter to us as investors.

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Fund manager Q&A with Richard Woolnough and Stefan Isaacs

The coronavirus pandemic has swept through markets, with most global assets becoming casualties of the collapse in investor sentiment. March 2020 saw one of the most aggressive sell-offs across markets in history. It also saw unprecedented levels of economic stimulus from governments and central banks acting in unison around the world.

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Targeting dividends immune to the Coronavirus

The coronavirus-induced global downturn of early 2020 has brought a relatively favourable decade for dividend investors to an abrupt end.

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Coronavirus crash: Why the sell-off in high yield bonds has been overdone

The global market sell-off that we have witnessed in March 2020 has been vicious. High yield bonds have been no exception, as many investors have looked to turn riskier assets into cash amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus crash: Risks and opportunities in emerging markets

We are living through exceptional times. While the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the global economy remain unclear, investors have fled en masse from assets seen to carry greater risk.

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Why infrastructure is too critical to overlook

In what has been the worst quarter for global stockmarkets since 1987, very few corners of the market have found shelter from the sell-off. Even the infrastructure sector, so often resilient during downturns, has not been immune to concerns about the damage that the coronavirus pandemic will do to the global economy and to companies.

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Navigating a perfect market storm

It has been a frightening time recently for investors. As well as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic itself, global stockmarkets have fallen dramatically as the virus has spread around the world.

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Why this time is different: A ‘stay at home’ t-shaped recession

Whenever there is the threat or the reality of recession, it usually follows a typical pattern. It is engendered by tight financial conditions, a real economy or market bubble bursting, a dramatic rise in the price of oil, or a combination of the above.

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The coronavirus crash – keeping calm amid panic

Seldom have global stockmarkets fallen so sharply as in early March 2020. On 12 March, shares prices across Europe and the US fell by roughly one-tenth. The FTSE 100 Index of the largest UK company shares shed 11%, representing its biggest single day drop since 1987.

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Coronavirus and the risks of investor panic

Around the world, headlines in early 2020 have been dominated by the outbreak of coronavirus in China. As the virus has spread globally and taken thousands of lives, it has dealt a significant blow to global stockmarkets.

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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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Why regular investing is a valuable ally

It is not uncommon to have a sum of money that you decide to invest for your future. While it is important to know where to invest it, how you choose to do so is vital.

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Three steps to overcoming investment anxiety

Horrid phrase it may be, but it is no less true that uncertainty is often the only certainty. When it comes to investing for our futures, the constant of uncertainty can be unnerving. After all, who wants their hard-earned savings to plunge in value?

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Don't fall prey to investments scams

From simple cons to elaborate schemes, attempts to prise away your hard-earned money are nothing new. Yet there are arguably more windows of opportunity for scammers today than ever.

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Financial advice

For objective financial advice whatever the market conditions we strongly recommend that you speak to a financial adviser. In this section we have provided information to help you find an adviser if you do not already have one.

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