Equities

M&G’s extensive range of equity funds includes portfolios that invest globally, across particular regions, and in particular styles such as growth or income. Our range covers major regions, and we are experienced investors across both developed and emerging markets.

As one of Europe’s leading active equity investors, our award-winning fund managers have the freedom to back their conviction ideas, supported by rigorous in-depth in-house research. Our philosophy of investing for the long term, instead of chasing short-term share price movements, has remained steadfast over the years and is manifest to our success.

The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested.

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Our philosophy

At M&G we are active investors and our specialty lies in generating alpha, or returns ahead of the markets, by being expert stock-pickers. And by being active investors, our fund managers can aim to add value for M&G clients over time.

We are long-term investors. As such, we actively follow the development of the companies in which we invest.

Proven approach

The starting point for our investment process is the belief that markets frequently value companies incorrectly. This may be through poor company research, short-term behaviour or the herd-like following of consensus views.

This mis-pricing of companies can, we believe, be identified through independent, original research, providing opportunities for our fund managers to deliver performance ahead of the market – if they are exploited systematically.

Fundamental research drives the investment process, and portfolios are formed out of those stocks that are the successful outcomes of research projects undertaken by our analysts and fund managers.

Investing with conviction

Our funds are managed by talented and experienced professionals who have full freedom to implement their ideas in the portfolios as they see fit.

The key test for the selection of any stock is the depth of the fund manager’s personal conviction in the company’s prospects of long-term success. The greater the conviction, the greater the weighting the stock will have in the portfolio.

In forming these views, managers must have deep personal knowledge of the companies they hold. We consider face-to-face meetings and company visits absolutely essential. The fund managers meet with many of the management teams of the companies in which they invest and conduct telephone meetings with the remainder. It is rare for a manager to hold a company where he has not met the management personally.

Managers will only take positions in stocks that make a significant impact on total fund performance. Stocks are never held simply because they are in a benchmark index.

Risk management

Although the fund managers are wholly responsible for taking decisions with the portfolios they run, they receive input from the Portfolio Strategy and Risk Team (PSR), which examines the portfolios to see whether the managers are taking the right degree of risk, and crucially, whether they might be taking any unintended risks.

This could be, for example, from exposure to macroeconomic factors that sometimes develop in portfolios and that could detract from the performance of the fund manager’s stock selection.

We believe that risk management should enhance performance, not constrain it.

The PSR team sparks debate on portfolio construction by looking at the collection of stocks in a fund and analysing how they behave in connection with each other. In our opinion, this helps fund managers construct their funds to maximise returns from stock selection ideas.

Equally important is that the team can highlight areas where managers may need to take more risk in order to ensure that a holding can deliver the returns that are expected of it. Thus, the team can assist with the effective allocation of the risk 'budget' of a fund to the highest conviction ideas.

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The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested.