Research

The DCIF is committed to producing high-quality, thought and leadership research that highlights the issues and opportunities available to those responsible for DC scheme investment strategies.

In addition to these research projects, which are launched at free-to-attend events, all the group’s research reports are available to download free of charge.

DC investment under the microscope

DC scheme members’ savings are growing fast – but how do their investment strategies stack up? The Virtual Panel and the DCIF joined forces to host a three-part roundtable series, where we investigated three critical issues in this area.

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A Complex Puzzle

A detailed report looking at the investment challenges facing DC schemes and asset managers today

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Living with COVID: Tracking Members’ Views on Responsible Investment

One year on from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we checked in with members to see how their thoughts on the impact of the pandemic have changed, and whether the financial challenges of the last year have affected their interest in responsible investment.

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A Whole new Investment Universe

What’s holding UK DC schemes back from investing in private markets? The DCIF explores the current barriers and how they can be overcome.

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What do DC Scheme Investment Gatekeepers Think About Illiquid Assets?

On Tuesday 25th May, the Pensions Policy Institute revealed its findings from interviews with ten “gatekeepers” of DC scheme investment decision-makers: Four consultants, two trustees and four DC scheme providers. The research took place between 19th April and 7th May 2021 and was sponsored by the DCIF.

Growing Pains: Master Trusts Beyond Auto-enrolment

Three years on from our first state of the nation report on master trusts, this report is a comprehensive study of how 18 major master trusts’ investment strategies are evolving.

The Key to Unlocking Member Engagement

This report examines how defined contribution (DC) savers are becoming more concerned about ESG issues. Global crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and greater environmental awareness are driving change. But are pension schemes keeping up?

The Good Citizen’s Guide to ESG

This step-by-step guide explains how pension schemes can have thoughtful & structured conversations about ESG.

Master Trusts: What does Success Look Like?

This paper – the third in a three-part series – examines how master trusts assess cost versus value

Master Trusts: Weathering the Market’s Highs and Lows

This paper – the second in a three-part series – explores the investment hurdles master trusts must overcome

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