Liability Aware Investing

Helping defined benefit pension schemes manage liability risks and investment-return requirements.

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Our capabilities

Investment componentry

We are committed to working with clients of all sizes to help them meet their objectives.

Complemented by our free solution design service, our award-winning range of pooled liability aware funds enable clients to put in place a holistic investment solution across liability driven investment (LDI) and credit to match cashflows and hedge interest rate and inflation risk, and ultimately invest towards their endgame.

We also offer a range of LDI solutions managed on a segregated basis.

Enhanced services

Across our teams in pension and insurance solutions and liability aware portfolio management, we have the ability to offer sophisticated solutions from liability benchmark construction to bespoke reporting.

Under our dynamic inflation hedge service for segregated clients, we automatically change the liability cashflow benchmark to take account of changing inflation sensitivities resulting from changing levels of inflation and the interaction with caps and floors in the inflation linkage. This has the benefit of more accurate hedging over time but also tends to generate a marginal gain.

Buyout aware portolios

Whether you are approaching buyout in the short-term or looking to evolve your solution with this as an end goal, our pensions and insurance experts are on hand to consult on options to become ‘buyout ready’.

Utilising our long heritage – having been founded in 1825 as an insurance company – and our extensive experience managing insurance assets, we can create matching adjustment eligible portfolios in line with how these are typically implemented by bulk purchase annuity providers.

Our pooled liability aware fund range

<b>A commitment to make it easier for you and your clients </b> <br /> <br />The Liability Aware proposition is a strategic priority at abrdn. We have invested significant resource and experience into working with pension scheme clients and their advisors to deliver the right solutions and services for your scheme. <br /> <br />The funds provide a low-cost, low-governance way of accessing hedging and cashflow solutions. The funds are competitively priced, making use of a simple and transparent charging structure. <br /> <br /> Whether you are a new or existing client, we offer detailed analysis and solution design to help meet your scheme’s objectives. <br /> <br /> Our pension solutions team draw on their experience of working as investment and actuarial consultants to create tailored investment solutions for our clients and provide a bespoke service supported by a dedicated client relationship team.

Liability aware equity

  • Providing liability hedging plus exposure to passive global equities in a single fund
  • Efficient use of collateral
  • Helping underfunded schemes meet return requirements without sacrificing interest rate and inflation hedging.

Liability driven investments (LDI)

  • Hedge interest rate and inflation risk through a range of hedge profiles
  • Transparent, low cost and low-governance approach
  • Complimented by our credit fund range.

Buy and maintain credit

  • Award winning cashflow driven investing (CDI) and longer-dated credit fund range
  • Predictable series of cashflows secured by insurance friendly investment grade assets
  • Create a bespoke cashflow payment profile to fit your scheme’s needs
  • Unique real credit fund allowing clients to hedge inflation risk using credit.

Our segregated LDI offering

A segregated mandate enables precise matching of the scheme’s characteristics to a level beyond what is possible via a pooled solution – in particular, in relation to initial and ongoing interest rate / inflation hedging together with cashflow matching. <br /> <br /> abrdn’s Liability Aware team have significant experience managing both pooled and segregated LDI solutions successfully for over 15 years. We currently manage a number of segregated LDI mandates, including mandates from £100m to over £3bn of liabilities hedged, for both pension scheme and insurance clients. <br /> <br />As well as managing segregated pure LDI mandates, we manage a number of mandates that combine LDI, fixed income and growth assets. <br /> <br /> Our segregated offering is flexible, and we would be happy to provide a tailored proposal for any new opportunities, reflecting the client’s specific requirements.

Passive LDI

  • Bespoke Liability Benchmark
  • Interest rate and inflation hedge ratio targets with standard tolerances
  • Diversified panel of derivative counterparties (ISDA and GMRA) via our umbrella documentation
  • Clear standardised quarterly reporting of performance and positions

Enhanced LDI

  • Bespoke dynamic Liability Benchmark, which automatically updates as inflation outlook changes
  • Bespoke automatic hedge extension program based on time and/or funding level
  • Diversified panel of derivative counterparties (ISDA and GMRA) via our umbrella documentation
  • Tailored quarterly reporting

LDI plus credit/growth

  • Segregated mandate with multiple objectives across LDI / Credit / Growth
  • Access to synthetic growth exposure such as synthetic equity or CDS
  • Central collateral pool for all derivative exposure

More about our solutions

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Defined Benefit

Our liability aware franchise, alongside our broad asset class capability, underpins our governance-focused solutions.

These include our fiduciary management service and our DB pensions master trust, which enable clients to delegate full or partial responsibility for managing their pension scheme and its assets to abrdn.
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Fixed income

We have built a global fixed income capability that aims to allow investors to harness a wide range of fixed income potential.

We use our global research platform and local market knowledge to identify compelling opportunities. We then construct robust, diversified portfolios – that fully integrate ESG factors – to meet client goals consistently, reliably and sustainably.

Sustainable investing

By harnessing the power of investment, we’re dedicated to creating more opportunity for our clients - and more positive impact for the world around us.

Our embedded expertise, proprietary research and tools, as well as an active ownership approach adds value to our clients via a range of sustainable solutions designed to meet your financial goals and objectives.
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.

Find out more about liability aware and our other DB solutions.

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