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.


  • 11 June 2020 

    May market update – the global economy is starting to re-open

    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 May 2020
  • 10 June 2020 

    How important is international tourism to the global economy?

    James Reilly, Economist, Schroders. We look at which countries' economies would be worst hit by a collapse in international tourism.
  • 9 June 2020 

    The dos and don’ts of investing in a crisis

    Investment Communications Team, Schroders. Do expect false dawns, don’t lose sight of your investment objectives and avoid some common thinking errors; three tips to help you navigate this crisis.
  • 5 June 2020 

    What will the world look like after Covid-19?

    Mark Herlihy, Investment Writer, Schroders. Five Schroders fund managers reveal the main ways they expect Covid-19 to change the way we live and work.
  • 5 June 2020 

    Market news 5 June

    Market update from Sarasin & Partners.
  • 5 June 2020 

    Sustainability through a long-term lens

    Andrei Kiselev, Investment Manager. When it comes to investing, sustainability is a term that is used often, but one that across the industry remains rather indeterminate. For us, the case for, and requirements of sustainable investing is clear. At the heart of our approach is a firm belief that it supports long-term investment resilience and management of material risks, as well as impacting positively on society. Increasingly, that belief is backed by evidence – companies that do good, tend to do well*.
  • 2 June 2020 

    Workers’ welfare – are companies putting their people first?

    Lesley Duncan, Deputy Head of UK Equities. The world is watching how companies are treating their people in the pandemic. Woeful or wonderful? Lesley Duncan, discusses why workers' welfare matters and the importance of good governance in a crisis.
  • 1 June 2020 

    Income investing in a pandemic – finding a way through

    Charles Luke, Investment Director, UK Equities. Income investing hasn't had the most positive press recently. Now, in the wake of a global pandemic, many companies have cancelled, cut or suspended dividends. Charles Luke, Investment Director, UK Equities, considers some of the things income investors should be focusing on at times like these.


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?