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.


  • 22 May 2019 

    Heads you win… tails you win?

    By Steve Russell, Investment Director. Can you have your cake and eat it with index-linked bonds? Back in 2007 who would have thought that interest rates would not only be cut to almost zero, but then stay more or less on the floor for the next ten years.
  • 17 May 2019 

    Does Sustainable Growth Drive You Crazy?

    By Craig Bonthron. A lot of investment value can be captured when evidence of advantage is just beginning to emerge.  This often arises around new innovation (technology and / or business models) which addresses an emerging scarcity.
  • 10 May 2019 

    When will Green be the New Black?

    By Euan Ker. Environmental issues are certainly en vogue. Eco-movements have sprung up to challenge the environmental impact of certain industries and whether they want to or not, companies are now competing to show consumers exactly how sustainable their operations are.
  • 10 May 2019 

    Market news - 10 May 2019

    Economist Niloofar Rafiei reviews news from markets around the world for the week ending 10 May 2019.
  • 10 May 2019 

    April market update – continued positive momentum

    Chief Investment Officer Chris Godding and Senior Research Analyst Louie French give their commentary on what happened in the markets and global economies over the month of April 2019.


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

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

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

Learn more about risk


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?