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Kate Rogers: The picture is dull now - but fortune may favour the brave

Kate Rogers: The picture is dull now - but fortune may favour the brave

Economic recovery is meeting expectations; however, there is a lot going on under the surface, writes our columnist

FD in five minutes: Lesley Baliga

FD in five minutes: Lesley Baliga

The director of finance at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund says she enjoys meeting inspiring people and is keen to spread the word about its work

Sowing the seeds: agricultural investment and charities

Sowing the seeds: agricultural investment and charities

The Wellcome Trust's recent acquisition of the Co-operative Group's farm business shows that this type of investment can be lucrative, writes agriculture and estates lawyer Nichola Ross

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Legal Update: New scheme for social investment tax relief

Legal Update: New scheme for social investment tax relief

Adrian Pashley provides an overview of recent developments in voluntary sector law, on behalf of the Charity Law Association

Don Bawtree: Recent developments show the importance of managing tax well

Don Bawtree: Recent developments show the importance of managing tax well

A number of recent stories serve as a reminder to charities that they should manage their tax affairs seriously - and view them as both an opportunity and a risk, writes our finance expert

Rodney Schwartz: How mainstream investors react to talk of social impact

Rodney Schwartz: How mainstream investors react to talk of social impact

The notion that a fund might deliver social returns can lead to suspicion about its financial performance - so sometimes it pays to keep quiet about them, writes our columnist

Kate Rogers: If we focus on volatility, we don't see the wood for trees

Kate Rogers: If we focus on volatility, we don't see the wood for trees

Charities invest for the long term - so the value of their assets on a daily, monthly, quarterly or even annual basis should not be a primary concern, writes our columnist

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How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing

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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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