The Church Commissioners' £7.9 billion investment fund is well managed and has a significant spending capacity which we invest in our parish ministry and mission grants, including support for low income dioceses.

Our objectives are:

  • to manage the fund so as to ensure sustainable distributions for our beneficiaries
  • to achieve a total return of RPI +5% per annum measured over the long-term
  • to meet performance benchmarks for individual asset classes
  • to manage financial risks appropriately
  • to act within our ethical investment guidelines.

Over the past 30 years our fund has achieved an average return of 9.6% per annum. Our investment policy is to hold a diversified portfolio of investments across a broad range of asset classes consistent with our ethical guidelines. After taking account of expenditure, our investable assets have grown from £2.4 billion at the start of 1995 to £7.9 billion at the end of 2016.

Meeting or exceeding our performance objective allows us to meet our pension obligations and to grow, in real terms, our support for the Church, balancing the needs of both current and future beneficiaries.


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