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Black Monday thirty years on

Black Monday is still etched on the collective consciousness of the investment industry, a reminder of the caprices of markets and how quickly they can turn. This volatility remains a key deterrent for investors, and a reason why many are woefully under-exposed to the stock market.

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Global listed infrastructure

M&G’s new Global Listed Infrastructure fund launched in mid-October. Manager Alex Araujo, who is also co-deputy-manager on the group’s Global Dividend fund, explains why they want to bring a traditionally institutional asset class to a retail investor audience.

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Market briefings looking back at September

A selection of articles have been written by our expert investment writers and cover the markets looking back through September.

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UK equity market review (September 2017)

The FTSE 100 Index fell over September, dampened by uncertainties surrounding Brexit and wider concerns over North Korea.

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UK bond market review (September 2017)

Gilt prices fell and yields surged amid mounting expectations of an increase in UK interest rates – perhaps as early as November – and a strong increase in inflationary pressures.

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Global bond market review (September 2017)

Global bond yields generally rose during September despite a backdrop of rising tension between North Korea and the US. The Fed confirmed that it intends to start cutting back its US$4.5 trillion balance sheet in October.

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UK equity income market review (September 2017)

While most other major equity markets rose during September, investor sentiment in the UK was dampened by ongoing Brexit-related concerns. Demand for UK equity funds has continued to fall, and UK-based retail investors have been focusing on funds in the European Excluding UK sector and the Global sector.

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Emerging markets review (September 2017)

China’s President Xi urged the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – to work together more closely in order to maximise the bloc’s growth potential. The ninth annual BRICS summit resulted in the Xiamen Declaration, which pledged closer cooperation between the five countries.

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US market review (September 2017)

Despite some disappointing economic data, fresh disruptions caused by hurricanes, and ongoing tensions with North Korea, US equity indices reached fresh highs during the month, buoyed by a strong second-quarter earnings season.

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Asia Japan market review (September 2017)

Investors were caught off-guard in September by the decision of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call a snap General Election in a move designed to reinforce his mandate and press ahead with his reform programme.

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