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2020 MAR

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Richard Woolnough, Fund Manager

19/03/2020

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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M&G Investments

18/03/2020

UK Budget 2020: What does it mean for investors?

The UK’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his first Budget on 11 March 2020, the first of a new government and the first of this decade.

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M&G Investments

16/03/2020

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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M&G Investments

13/03/2020

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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M&G Investments

12/03/2020

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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M&G Investments

12/03/2020

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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11/03/2020

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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10/03/2020

Reasons to consolidate your ISA investments

You may well have opened Individual Savings Accounts, or ISAs, with several providers over the years, but do you know what is going on with each of them?

If you find keeping a tab on your different ISAs challenging, you could consider whether consolidating them into fewer accounts – or perhaps just one – might make life easier.

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2020 FEB

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M&G Investments

28/02/2020

Child Trust Funds: Coming of age

Almost 18 years on from the launch of Child Trust Funds (CTFs), the first beneficiaries of the policy will soon be able to get their hands on their natal gift.

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Maria Municchi, Fund Manager

27/02/2020

Is the “Greta effect” going to last?

Time magazine awarded its accolade of ‘Person of the Year’ in 2019 to climate activist Greta Thunberg, for “creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change”.

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M&G Investments

25/02/2020

UK Budget 2020: What could be in store for investors?

Guessing what the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the day will unveil at the dispatch box is always something of a fool’s errand. Especially so, one might argue, when the famous red box is in the hands of such an unknown quantity.

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14/02/2020

Get your investments working for you

Whether you want to go for growth or use your investment pot as a source of income, you could look to better align your portfolio with those goals.

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2020 JAN

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27/01/2020

Five reasons to open a stocks and shares ISA

Are you one of the 70% of ISA savers who only stick with cash?

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27/01/2020

Investing in retirement: Is there room for growth?

As you were building up your investment pot over the decades, in all likelihood you pursued growth above all else, looking to maximising the value of your savings.

Your priority in retirement may well be to generate an income from your investments, rather than to pursue further capital growth. After all, turning on the taps for an extra income stream could help you realise your ambitions.

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Insights

27/01/2020

New decade, time for a portfolio check-up

When did you last check if your investments reflect your goals?

Many of us start the new year with financial resolutions to spend less and save more. Worthy goals, of course, but it could be just as valuable to take stock of the savings and investments that you already have to your name.

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27/01/2020

Why M&G believes in active investing

A M&G, we passionately believe in the power of active investing.

You might have read about the so-called “active versus passive” debate in the financial pages. In our view, this is something of a false dichotomy – both types of investment strategy can play a role in a well-balanced portfolio.

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Insights

23/01/2020

Safe as houses?
The dangers of relying on your home as a nest egg

It’s not hard to see why investing in the UK property market might seem so attractive.

Over the past two decades, average house prices have almost quadrupled. This capital growth has made UK homes an enormous store of wealth, with an estimated total value of £7.3 trillion, as of January 2019.

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21/01/2020

Three reasons to move your child's savings to a Junior ISA

Laying the foundations for a child’s future financial independence does not happen overnight. Building a nest egg to help them pay for university or buy their first home takes years of effective saving.

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Ben Constable-Maxwell, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at M&G Investments

21/01/2020

Investing for a more inclusive global society

In the words of Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen, “poverty is the deprivation of opportunity”. 

Alongside access to education and healthcare, the availability of basic financial services is a fundamental ingredient to giving people the means of escaping poverty and leading better lives. 

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M&G Investments

21/01/2020

Investing for the future

At M&G, we invest over the long-term to target sustainable returns for our customers. Watch M&G fund manager Alex Araujo exploring the fastest growing form of renewable power generation from a boat in the Irish Sea.

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M&G Investments

20/01/2020

Targeting more than financial returns: Introducing M&G’s new funds

Would you like to pursue more than financial returns from investing? If so, there are approaches that aim to deliver shared returns for society and the environment, while pursuing financial returns for your future.

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M&G Investment

19/01/2020

Will your pension be enough?

If you’ve been carefully squirreling away money for your future, it’s understandable to expect a fair reward for your prudence. Complicating things, however, is a cocktail of factors that makes generating the income you desire, or need, in retirement all the more difficult.

At the heart of today’s challenge is rising longevity.

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