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

    Solutions Management

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

    • Off-the-shelf default funds
    • DC solutions service for tailored default funds
    • Outcome focussed defaults built around the needs of an individual member
    • To and through solutions to help navigate risk
  • 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. We offer solutions across the ESG spectrum:

    • to mitigate key ESG risks
    • to deliver a direct impact in a given area
    • to incorporate ESG considerations at a Strategic Asset Allocation level, using our proprietary climate scenario modelling
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    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. We have divided our componentry across four distinct areas:

    • Core Growth
    • Core Defensive
    • Enhancers
    • Diversifiers

Our DC Funds

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

  • Core Growth– Low cost, ESG integrated range of growth funds
  • Core Defensive – Low cost, ESG integrated and traditional passive range of defensive funds
  • Enhancers – Designed to augment core growth and defensive holdings to enhance growth or ESG outcomes
  • Diversifiers – Non-core and alternative asset classes designed to improve diversification within defaults

Our Capabilities


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