Defined Contribution

Invest Today. Change Tomorrow. Making a difference with DC solutions.

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.

Defined Contribution Expertise

As one of the largest providers of defined contribution (DC) investment solutions, abrdn works in partnership with trustees, providers and consultants to deliver outcome led solutions for use in accumulation and decumulation retirement propositions.

Our long standing responsible investing heritage incorporates Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors both at the initial investment stage and through robust ongoing oversight and active stewardship, making a positive difference to our clients, society, and the long term future of our planet.

Solutions Management

Our solutions are wide ranging, with broad diversification across asset classes.

Responsible Investing

ESG factors are at the heart of our investment process. We recognise that trustees and schemes will approach ESG integration in different ways depending on member views or governance constraints.

Fund componentry

We offer a range of DC components which can be used within a DC default to help meet member needs across all phases of the retirement savings journey. These funds are available directly or via key institutional platforms and Trusts.

Our DC Funds

A low governance range of pre and post retirement strategies designed for defaults:

Designed to augment core growth and defensive holdings to enhance growth or ESG outcomes

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Non-core and alternative asset classes designed to improve diversification within defaults

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Our Capabilities

Quantitative investments

We focus on stock characteristics shown to be persistent drivers of excess return, such as value, quality, momentum and low volatility.

Sustainable Investing

Focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to improve client outcomes and power positive change.

Private Markets

Valued and accepted as an attractive means to diversify a portfolio and achieve enhanced long-term return potential.

Fixed Income

Harness the full spectrum of fixed income solutions to target powerful outcomes.

Active Equities

Harness a spectrum of equity opportunity – through fundamental, team based research.


Blend a broader range of asset classes to target your risk-reward requirements.


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