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Find out about CAF funds as well as the latest fund prices for the CAF UK Equitrack Fund and IFSL CAF Funds.

An update about the IFSL CAF Funds and CAF Managed Portfolio Service (MPS)

3 November 2020

CAF is pleased to announce the intended appointment of Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited as the investment manager for two of its key investment offerings*.

From 31 March 2021* the appointed investment manager for the IFSL CAF Funds, Octopus Investments Limited, will be stepping down. It is intended that Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited* will take on the investment management of the IFSL CAF Funds. Octopus Investment Management will also step down from the management of Client Portfolios in the CAF Managed Portfolio Service (MPS). Aberdeen Standard Capital will take on the management of Client Portfolios in the CAF MPS.

Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited has been chosen by CAF following a robust selection process, which included an assessment of previous investment performance, best fit and participation in the charity sector. CAF has made a recommendation to IFSL that Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited* undertakes the investment management of the IFSL CAF Funds. Their appointment is subject to due diligence being carried out by IFSL, FCA approval and appropriate legal agreements being concluded.

Bridgit Richards, Director of Philanthropy, Product and Marketing at CAF, said:

“The intended appointment of Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited to this important role will ensure that CAF customers have access to a diverse range of investment options that meet the evolving needs of both CAF’s charity clients and donors.”

CAF customers have been informed of these proposed appointments and there will be no changes to the objectives and investment policies of these funds. The investment management, service and contact details for the IFSL CAF Funds and the CAF MPS will remain unchanged until 31 March 2021. Clients will be kept up to date on progress in the coming months and are not required to take any action at this time.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns. The IFSL CAF Funds have exposure to bonds, the prices of which will be impacted by factors including; changes in interest rates, inflation expectations and perceived credit quality. Fluctuations in interest rates may affect the value of your investment. When interest rates increase this is likely to result in a fall in the capital value of fixed interest securities, such as bonds and convertibles. Changes in exchange rates may affect the value of your investment. The value of your investment may go up as well as down. Capital is at risk.

*This arrangement and date are subject to successful completion of the required Due Diligence by Investment Fund Services Limited (IFSL) on Standard Life Investments Limited and their oversight of Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited. FCA approval is required and the conclusion of the Agreements between CAF, CAF Financial Solutions Limited (CFSL), Investment Fund Services Limited (IFSL), Standard Life Investments Limited and Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited.

For operational reasons, Investment Fund Services Limited (IFSL) will appoint Standard Life Investments Limited as investment manager.Standard Life Investments Limited will then sub delegate the investment management to Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited. Both Standard Life Investments Limited and Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited are part of the Standard Life Aberdeen group.

CAF Financial Solutions Limited (CFSL) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 189450. Registered office is 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA. Registered under number 2771873. CFSL is a subsidiary of Charities Aid Foundation (registered charity number 268369). Telephone calls may be monitored or recorded for security/training purposes. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (excluding English bank holidays).

Investment Fund Services Limited (IFSL) is the Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) for the IFSL CAF Investment Funds. IFSL is registered in England No 06110770 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered office: Marlborough House, 59 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL14QP. Copies of the Prospectus and Key Information Documents are available from or can be requested as a paper copy by calling 0808 178 9321 or writing to IFSL, Marlborough House, 59 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL14QP.

Standard Life Investments Limited (SC123321) and Aberdeen Standard Capital Limited (SC317950) are both registered in Scotland at 1 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LL; and are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Updates on the Coronavirus from fund managers

As the news about the COVID-19 outbreak continues to change by the day, please see the latest information from our investment manager's on how they are responding to the situation.

This information is provided by the investment managers and due to the rapidly evolving situation we cannot guarantee that it is fully up to date. If you have any questions, you could go directly to the investment manager’s website for further information, or for charities call CFSL on 03000 123 444. CAF Trust customers should contact their client manager.

Legal & General Investment Management Ltd - investment manager of the CAF Equitrack fund - as at 26 June 2020


Octopus Investments Ltd - investment manager for the IFSL CAF funds - as at 5 May 2020

  • Read the statement from Octopus
    Markets continue to be volatile following the global spread of Coronavirus and a series of systematic economy shutdowns. As policy makers respond and the fallout both from a health and economic perspective begins to be felt, we remain diversified in our approach to achieving returns from here.

    Our approach

    Having been conservative in the early stages of the virus, we have continued to keep risk asset exposure at cautious levels across our portfolios. We have increased the cash across many of our funds and taken steps to reduce risk and protect investors’ capital.

    However, the current climate is unpredictable and the policy response is significant. We are ready to increase risk when the way forward becomes clearer as the rapid partial rebound in markets has been significant and looks to be pricing a confident recovery following widespread lockdowns. However the recovery path from here is far from certain.

    Much like our underlying managers, we are constantly reassessing the likely extent of the impact on markets and what outcomes are being priced in. Diversification remains at the heart of our approach. Our portfolios are invested across equities, bonds and alternatives and invested with managers that take different approaches. This diversification means that the impact of any given market shock should be dampened and the portfolios can continue to target a steady positive return over the long term.

    The long term approach

    The long term expectations of the volatility bands of each profile take account of the fact that markets experience periods of heightened volatility such as we are experiencing today. While it is natural to worry about the headlines and it can feel painful to see the value of investments fall, we advise against reacting to short term losses emotionally.

    In times like these it’s more important than ever to take a long-term view. Significant market falls are unusual events. Having said that, they are not unprecedented and we have seen time and again that investing in the market over many years bears fruit.

    The steps we’re taking

    Finally, we would like to reassure our investors that we have the technology in place which allows the team to work remotely and we are well positioned to run the portfolios in every eventuality.

    Regards, The Octopus Multi Manager team

Woodford/ Link Equity Income fund update 3 February 2020

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    Last week, Link Fund Solutions (the Authorised Corporate Director of the Fund) issued a number of updates about the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund which is one of a broad range of the underlying investments of the CAF UK Equity Fund.

    In November Link decided not to re-open the fund following it's suspension on 3 June and instead wind it up as soon as is practicable. The first distribution of capital to investors, including the CAF UK Equity Fund, took place on 30 January.

    Please be advised that you do not need to take any action at this time. However, if you have any queries, our client team is on hand to answer them, as are the fund managers at Octopus Investments. Please call 03000 123 444 to speak to your CAF Client Relations manager, or 0800 316 2295 to speak directly to Octopus.


    The Woodford Equity Income Fund, run by fund manager Neil Woodford, underperformed both its peers and the UK market in recent years.

    Due to the underperformance, investors chose to disinvest heavily in the months leading up to June 2019. This caused issues within the Fund as holdings had to be sold to raise the required cash and the remaining assets rebalanced frequently. As liquidity suffered the Fund struggled to achieve good prices for what it was off-loading. As such Link decided to suspend trading in the Fund, allowing the manager time to reorganise the assets, improve liquidity and increase stability. This reorganisation did not produce the desired results and Link decided it would not be in the best interests of investors to reopen the Fund. Woodford Investment Management was removed from the management of the fund on 15 October 2019.

    The Fund’s assets were split into two parts, one comprised of listed assets (“Portfolio A”) and one comprised of the unlisted and certain highly illiquid listed assets (“Portfolio B”). BlackRock was appointed to sell the assets in Portfolio A and used the proceeds to purchase money market funds and FTSE 100 index instruments. PJT Partners (UK) Limited (“Park Hill”) was appointed during the suspension period to assist in selling the assets in Portfolio B and will continue in this role.

    The fund name was officially changed from 'LF Woodford Equity Income' to 'LF Equity Income Fund' (LEIF) in December 2019.

    It’s important to remember that the fund value is based on the value of the underlying investments; these continue to be owned and independently valued by specialists in the UK market.

    Key points of the recent updates:

    • In a letter issued on 28 January, Link advised investors of the first distribution of capital due under the wind up. The CAF UK Equity Fund is invested in the C Sterling Accumulation class and received 58.6631 pence per share.
    • The payment covers just over 75% of the value of the assets in the fund, equivilent to £2.2bn. The assets involved in this part of the payout are primarily made up of the sellable, liquid holdings in Portfolio A that Blackrock are selling.
    • Investors will also receive income distributions of £9.2m in February and £0.45k in March.
    • Estimated winding up costs of £10.3m have been set aside by Link.
    • Between suspension on 3 June 2019 and 24 January 2020 the fund has fallen by 19.71% in value. The performance from 15 October, the date of the decision to wind up the fund to 24 January, showed a loss of 4.49%. The benchmark FTSE All-Share rose by 9.65% over the former period.

    Update on progress

    This distribution of capital represents the majority of the value of the assets of Portfolio A (the quoted assets) and around 75% of the overall value of the Fund.

    The liquidation of the unquoted book, Portfolio B managed by PJT Partners, is still in progress.

    At this stage, Link says it's unable to confirm when the the sale of these assets will be completed or the date of any further partial or full repayments.

    Fund valuation

    Link will continue to calculate and publish the Net Asset Value (NAV) per share of the assets in the LEIF, but will now issue these on a weekly, rather than daily basis.

    The Fair Value Pricing committee of FundRock Partners, the Authorised Corporate Director of the FP CAF UK Equity fund, decided it was prudent to discount this NAV by 3.33% in FP CAF UK Equity fund valuations. This is to reflect the potential difference in value between the sale price achieved for the unquoted assets in the LEIF and Link’s current estimate of the value of those assets.

    This valuation basis will be kept under regular review.

    How much of the LF Equity Income fund is held by CAF UK Equity Fund?

    The CAF UK Equity Fund will receive £5.4m under this capital distribution, which Octopus will reinvest in accordance with the Fund aims and objectives. This sum equates to just under 5% of the total FP CAF UK Equity portfolio value.

    This leaves around £2.3m still invested in the LEIF, or 1.5% of the total value of the fund.

    Why does the CAF UK Equity Fund hold the LEIF fund?

    The Link Equity Income Fund is part of a wide portfolio of investments held within each FP CAF fund, which are designed to complement each other and to reduce the impact of any negative incidents affecting one particular fund or part of the diverse UK market.

    What action is being taken by the FP CAF fund managers, Octopus?

    Octopus will reinvest the cash released by Link as soon as it is available.

    Are any other FP CAF funds impacted?

    The FP CAF Alternative Strategies Fund has less than 1% of its assets invested in Woodford Patient Capital Trust shares.

    Can I get my (charity’s) money back?

    The CAF UK Equity Fund remains fully tradable and you can choose to sell all or part of your holding it if you wish. The LEIF holding is one of many underlying investments in the Fund and is the only one affected by this situation.


The prices shown are those calculated for the date shown. The funds deal on a forward pricing basis, therefore these are only indicative of prices an investor may pay or receive for actual transactions. The price you will pay or receive will be calculated after receipt of dealing instructions.

The prices, yield and fund size is provided by the relevant Fund Manager or Authorised Corporate Director and CAF accepts no liability for any inaccurate information provided by the Fund Manager.

If you're in any doubt about these prices you should consult your stockbroker, solicitor, accountant or other professional adviser.

These Funds are marketed through CAF Financial Solutions Limited (CFSL), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 189450).

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CAF UK Equitrack Fund

Prices as at 22/01/2021

CAF UK Equitrack Fund Share type Bid price (pence) Offer price (pence) Yield Total fund size (£m)
CAF UK Equitrack Fund Accumulation units 127.50 127.50 2.6  
CAF UK Equitrack Fund Distribution units 75.42 75.42 2.6  


The fund size shown above for the CAF UK Equitrack Fund is the value of the fund calculated on the last working day of the previous month.

These prices are historic and therefore only indicative of prices an investor may pay or receive for actual transactions, which are calculated after receipt of dealing instructions. Price, yield and fund size information is provided by Legal & General (Unit Trust Managers) Limited.

The CAF UK Equitrack Fund is managed and operated by Legal & General (Unit Trust Managers) Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

IFSL CAF Investment Funds


Fixed interest

Global Bonds


IFSL CAF Fixed Interest Fund

This sub-fund’s goal is to deliver higher combined income and capital growth than the global bond markets over a medium to long-term timeframe.

Octopus Investments Ltd.

This sub-fund’s goal is to deliver...

Sterling Corporate Bond

UK Equity

UK All Companies

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CAF UK Equitrack Fund

A collective investment scheme that aims to mirror the capital and income returns of the UK Stock Market. It is passively managed by Legal & General Investment Management.
A collective investment scheme that aims to...


IFSL CAF UK Equity Fund

Focusing on the medium to longer term, the sub-fund aims to generate higher achieve higher capital growth than the UK equity market average.

Octopus Investments Ltd.

Focusing on the medium to longer term, the...

Global Equity


IFSL CAF International Equity Fund

With a medium to longer-term focus, this sub-fund targets higher capital growth than the global equity market average (excluding the UK).

Octopus Investments Ltd.

With a medium to longer-term focus, this...


Mixed investment 40-85% shares


Targeted Absolute Return


IFSL CAF Alternative Strategies Fund

By investing in alternative investment strategies across multiple asset classes, this sub-fund aims to deliver a positive return in any market environment over a 12-month rolling period.

Octopus Investments Ltd.

By investing in alternative investment...

The value of investments may fall as well as rise. You may not get back the full amount that you originally invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. There is no guarantee about the level of capital or income returns that will be generated.