abrdn pensions master trust

Helping your defined benefit pension scheme achieve its goals

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Risk warning

The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.

Why the abrdn pensions master trust?

We believe the abrdn pensions master trust is the first defined benefit pensions master trust to be launched by an asset manager in conjunction with an independent pensions consultancy.

This collaboration can bring better outcomes for both members and employers.

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Robust governance and trustee succession solution

Your scheme will be managed by professional trustees and other service professionals, taking away the day to day hassle of managing this obligation.

Outsourced investment management

Your scheme will have access to a diversified range of assets across private and public markets with ESG considerations embedded throughout. We use a holistic approach to portfolio management. With a common trustee, investment adviser and asset manager, together with well-defined delegations, our efficient investment governance model will help you navigate through volatile markets and meet your long term objectives.

Control cash funding cost through efficient investments

We can offer access to a range of investment solutions that are often beyond the reach of small and medium sized schemes. Coupled with a funding approach that reflects these underlying investments, it is possible to improve control of cash funding costs.

Reduced running expenses

We pass on synergies and economies of scale to the end client in the form of low fixed running costs.

Efficient path to buyout

Through our size and relationships with insurers and broader network, we are able to offer sections a more competitive and smoother buyout process which can reasonably be expected to deliver accelerated risk transfer at a lower cost.

Enhanced member experience

Provides members with an award winning pension administration service from XPS, including online servicing. In addition, free financial education from abrdn financial planning is offered to all members.

DB master trusts – are they the solution for you?

A DB master trust is a multi employer defined benefit pension scheme for non-associated employers.

It is a pension scheme model that enables schemes to pool together to benefit from economies of scale, whilst ring-fencing their assets and liabilities to avoid cross-subsidies with other schemes.

Hear our thoughts on the key drivers for the anticipated growth of DB master trusts. How can they give comfort to pass on the future running of your DB pension scheme and deliver cost and risk savings for the business?


Our latest research

With DB consolidation taking off and gaining momentum in the UK pensions industry, we drill down into the differences between the way in which large and small DB schemes are run and in turn identify the key themes in relation to DB consolidation.

Our latest insights

Contact Us

Brian Denyer

Senior Solutions Director - Pensions


Toby Rockingham

Director - UK Institutional


Leigh Sanderson

Solutions Manager - Pensions


If you would like to discuss the circumstances of your pension scheme and how the abrdn pensions master trust can play a part in meeting your objectives, please contact us directly at DBmastertrust@abrdn.com or by calling Toby on +44 7515 083 465.