Our investment strategy

We’ve designed a robust investment strategy with our members’ best interests in mind. We’ve set clear objectives: to manage risk, provide good value and secure positive long-term outcomes, while having a positive effect on the environment and our society.

We offer a simple, carefully-thought-out investment solution. Employers and members can be reassured their money is being managed by professionals who have our members’ long-term savings needs in mind. ​

Our new investment strategy


Simplified default strategy


More time spent in growth-focused investments


More responsible investing

Responsible and sustainable investment

Climate change is top of our agenda. Read more about our commitment to responsible and sustainable investment, and what the metrics, scenarios and targets are which help us manage climate change-related risks and opportunities.

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Our investment funds​

Our investment strategy is designed using two investment funds, one targeting long-term growth and one aimed at protecting the value of built-up pension savings. Members’ pension savings are gradually switched from one to the other starting 10 years before their target retirement age.​

The Diversified Growth Fund (DGF) targets stable long-term growth for Scheme members during most of their working lives. It does this using ‘diversification’ – a range of different types of investment.​

We’ve set the DGF a higher target with the aim of increasing its growth potential by broadening our areas of investment. ​

As Scheme members get closer to retirement most of their pension savings are gradually switched into the Retirement Countdown Fund (RCF). The RCF is designed to reduce the risk of built-up pension savings falling in value before they’re turned into retirement benefits. We call this gradual switching the ‘lifecycle’. ​

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Professional management

The Trustee has appointed Cardano Risk Management Ltd (CRML) as our investment manager, delegates day-to-day investment decisions to CRML and meets with them regularly to discuss the investment strategy and review performance.

We believe it’s reassuring for employers to know they’re offering their employees a well-designed, good-value investment option, and for members to know their investments are managed by professionals with their long-term savings needs in mind.

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Protection and safeguarding

To protect your money we employ a custodian who holds the Scheme funds in a ring-fenced account, separate from both NOW: Pensions and the custodian’s own funds and company accounts.

Our custodian is BNY Mellon, one of the world’s largest custodians. It looks after over US$30 trillion on behalf of pension schemes and other investors. It has strong credit ratings: for example, the credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s rates it as AA- for long-term deposits.

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