Investment knowledge centre


We’ve curated the best blog posts from experts in the field to give your charity the best insight into the investments landscape.

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.


We use our expertise to source articles and opinions that take a critical look at the investments market. These articles, provided by leading experts, offer insight into the state of the investments market for charities, plus what to look out for.

Please note
: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect CAF’s views.


  • 8 January 2020 

    Surprises in European equities

    Andrew Milligan OBE, Head of Global Strategy. Why have European equities performed so well in 2019 and what are the prospects for 2020?
  • 7 January 2020 

    What the return of Middle East tensions could mean for markets

    Philip Haddon, Head of Investment Communications, Schroders. Markets are once again in thrall to geopolitics following recent events in the Middle East. Our research shows what such periods can mean for investment performance.
  • 6 January 2020 

    Cautious optimism for the global economy in 2020

    Colin Dryburgh, Investment Manager, Multi-Asset Investing. Despite a volatile geopolitical and economic backdrop most asset classes enjoyed a strong 2019. What might 2020 hold for investors?
  • 2 January 2020 

    Why solar energy’s prospects look bright for 2020

    Mark Lacey, Head of Commodities, Schroders, Alexander Monk, Global Renewables, Analyst, Schroders and Felix Odey, Global Renewables Analyst, Schroders. As the long-term transition towards renewable energy continues apace, we see a sunny outlook this year for solar energy companies, as well as onshore wind and energy storage.


Investment market updates

Market updates

Independent experts bring you the latest commentary on the markets to help inform your investment decisions.

The latest from the markets
Income and capital preservation

Income and capital preservation

With more investors than ever looking for dependable income, capital preservation has become as important as performance.

Articles on capital preservation
Investment governance

Investment governance

Having robust governance for your investments means that you can feel confident that you’re doing the right thing for your charity.

Articles about governance
Investment risk

Investment risk

It’s important to understand how to navigate investment risk in order to minimise its effect on your portfolio.

Learn more about risk
Politics and investing


Domestic and international politics can have an effect on everything from interest rates to economics growth. All of these can affect the investment landscape.

How politics can affect investing
Sustainable investing

Sustainable investing

Incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into your investment decisions.

Articles about sustainability


Why do charities invest?

Making the most of your charity’s funds is one of the biggest responsibilities you face.

Plan your investments

Once you’ve made the decision to invest, how do you research investment options?

Manage your charity’s investments

How can you make sure that you’re getting the best from your investments?