It all started back in 1931, when M&G launched the UK's first unit trust for private investors.
Iain Fairbairn was the fund's first manager, and his cardinal rule was to keep everything simple, get his investments right to start with and hold them for the long term. He also firmly believed that ordinary investors, even those without lots of money, should be able to invest together in the stockmarket, and share the profits as the economy grew.
Fast-forward over 85 years, and the world has changed in lots of ways, but our approach hasn't. We still believe in making investments simple, straightforward and accessible, which is why we've launched myM&G, the easy new way for you to invest your savings directly with us. When you're deciding how to invest, it's always important to remember that the value of the fund’s assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investments to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.
Today, we're one of the world's leading investment managers, with over £265.2 billion of funds under management.*
* As at 31 December 2018
Our hands-on investment specialists have decades of experience between them in equities, bonds, property and multi-asset investing. They're here to put your savings to work through active fund management, which essentially means always being on the lookout for the best opportunities for your money.
We also make sure we do our own thinking – with in-house analysts giving us an independent view of how and where to invest. We take a long-term view of the markets (we believe the peaks will usually smooth out the troughs if you give them long enough). And we back our experts, giving them permission to use their experience and follow their instincts for the benefit of your investments.
What does this mean? In short, we're still all about the sort of simple, straightforward thinking that set M&G's original vision apart so many years ago. And with the launch of myM&G, we're continuing to innovate to meet our clients' needs.
Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more. Or create an account with myM&G, the simple way to manage your investments directly, or start investing for the first time.
M&G has a long history of innovation with ideas that have helped shape the entire financial services industry.