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Hedged in: charity trustees

Simon Williams considers whether charity trustees are in danger of getting lost in a maze of investment choices

13 July 2012

With continued volatility in financial markets, and ongoing cuts in public and consumer spending, charities are feeling the pinch. The pressure is on to make every penny count and now, more than ever, it’s essential for charity trustees to make the right investment choices.

Yet, I know from my own experience of working with charity trustees and finance directors, that those investment choices are sometimes compromised as a result of getting lost in the maze of regulatory requirements and the vast array of different investment strategies they are often presented with.

Unique challenges

The biggest challenge faced by charity trustees making investment decisions is that it’s not a case of one size fits all. Every charity is unique. No two charities have the same mission, vision or financial goals. As well as a requirement to comply with the legal framework es...

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