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.


  • 16 March 2020 

    Coronavirus and markets – our latest views

    Markets remain highly volatile following the further spread of coronavirus and intervention by central banks around the world. Investors are increasingly concerned about a downturn in global consumption. We remain vigilant.
  • 11 March 2020 

    Economic update on the 2020 Budget

    Louie French. This is a short article looking at the macroeconomic impacts of the 2020 Budget. The new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, turned on the spending taps, providing emergency coronavirus support and to help the Government deliver its manifesto commitments.
  • 5 March 2020 

    Who are the impact leaders?

    Sarah Norris, Investment Director. Many European companies provide technologies, products and services that can deliver positive change for society and the environment. Yet not long ago one European company claimed top slot in newspaper column inches on this topic for all the wrong reasons.
  • 4 March 2020 

    Coronavirus: assessing the risks

    Richard Dunbar, Head of Macro Investing Research. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that emerged in China’s Hubei province late last year has now spread to more than 50 countries. The outbreaks in Japan, Korea and Italy are particularly serious, but the number of cases is climbing rapidly elsewhere.
  • 3 March 2020 

    Coronavirus: the economic impact

    Keith Wade, Chief Economist & Strategist, Schroders. As the coronavirus threatens to derail the revival in global economic growth, 2020 could potentially be the weakest since 2009, the height of the global financial crisis.
  • 2 March 2020 

    The impact of Coronavirus on your investments

    Ben Seager-Scott. Over-trading around the current uncertainty is unlikely to be a winning strategy, according to our Head of Multi-asset Funds Ben Seager-Scott. We believe focusing on long-term returns from a diversified portfolio remains the most appropriate approach
  • 27 February 2020 

    Coronavirus and currency moves

    Gareth Gettinby, Investment Manager, Multi-Asset Investing. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic started impacting markets a month ago, and investors have bought the US dollar and Swiss franc as safe-haven assets as a consequence, shunning the Japanese yen.


Investment market updates

Market updates

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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


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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?