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Kate Sayer: What's the truth behind the numbers?

Kate Sayer: What's the truth behind the numbers?

We need to be clear that estimation and judgement are widely used in producing accounts, writes our columnist

Kate Rogers: Inclusive growth is vital in war against inequality

Kate Rogers: Inclusive growth is vital in war against inequality

Our columnist asks how charities can, as asset owners and investors, promote equality and social cohesion

FD in Five Minutes: Paul Oberg

FD in Five Minutes: Paul Oberg

Director of finance at the Land Trust, which owns and manages a variety of public open spaces

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Don Bawtree: Charity Commission warns of 'crime prevention' phishing scams

Don Bawtree: Charity Commission warns of 'crime prevention' phishing scams

Plus: Regulation north of the border; lessons to be learnt from annual reports; and monitoring statistics

Don't fear outsourcing: it can help to reduce costs

Don't fear outsourcing: it can help to reduce costs

While you concentrate on core activities, you can get others to do your finances, writes Liam Kay

Kate Sayer: Before you join a consortium, work out how you can leave

Kate Sayer: Before you join a consortium, work out how you can leave

It might sound gloomy, but it pays to put together a pre-nuptial agreement while everyone is still friendly, writes our columnist

Don Bawtree: Autumn Statement widens the scope of museums and galleries tax relief

Don Bawtree: Autumn Statement widens the scope of museums and galleries tax relief

Plus: Worrying moves on business rates in Northern Ireland; draft code published by the Code of Good Governance Steering Group

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Focus On... Investment

The ethical minefield of investment funds

The ethical minefield of investment funds

Revelations by the BBC's Panorama programme last year once more raised the issue of investments that appear to run counter to a charity's objects. Patrick McCurry assesses the latest thinking

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Both Russia and China have experienced rapid economic growth compared with their western rivals, but economic and political difficulties might have dampened their allure. Edward Lander reports

Do common investment funds have a future?

Do common investment funds have a future?

Newton and the Charities Aid Foundation are among those that have recently decided to close their CIFs. Edward Lander looks at the pros and cons of this special financial vehicle

Interview: John Harrison

Interview: John Harrison

The professor at Cass Business School says charities tend to be conservative investors and thus reap lower returns

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