The Defined Contribution Investment Forum

Dedicated to promoting investment excellence in DC pensions.

Welcome to the DCIF

We’re a group of asset managers who believe that a well designed and diverse investment strategy has an important role in delivering a comfortable retirement for millions of DC savers.

A not-for-profit organisation, we commission and publish research which shines a spotlight on DC investment issues. We hope the people who determine DC pension schemes’ investment strategies will use it to inform their work.

We also arrange events. From virtual roundtables to in person gatherings, they’re a great way to learn more about DC investment issues and meet a like-minded community of trustees, pensions managers, investment consultants and more.

If you would like to come to our events or find out when we release a research paper, please register.

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New research: Private markets: What do schemes want?

The DCIF held its annual event on 19 March 2024 and launched its latest research report into what DC schemes and their advisors want from their private markets investments.

Changing World, New Opportunities


Investing in private markets: The barriers are coming down

Investing in a wider range of asset classes has many benefits. Accessing private markets will give pension scheme savers exposure to a more diversified opportunity set, potentially helping to cushion them from the ups and downs of the global economy, as well as giving them a wider range of reliable sources of income.


Surviving the Squeeze

How the cost of living crisis has affected DC pension savers’ priorities and investment attitudes.

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As a DCIF member, you will become part of a collaborative and influential DC community that is shaping the investment landscape in this fast evolving sector.

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Scheme excellence profile: USS

Scheme excellence profile: USS

In the first of a new DCIF series documenting scheme excellence, USS’ head of investment product management, Naomi Clark, told Louise Farrand about the non-linearity of the scheme’s net zero journey, investing in private markets in the pandemic, and the surprising...

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The asset managers that make up the DCIF are committed to promoting investment best practice within DC pension schemes.