- The retirement market in the UK faces dramatic change, particularly around defined benefit schemes.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) 'the UK's pension lifeboat fund', has appointed Northern Trust to provide global custody, securities lending, collateral management and performance measurement services for its GB£20 billion (approximately US$31 billion) in pension assets.
The PPF offers compensation to eligible members of defined benefit schemes if their employer does not have sufficient assets to payout. It now has over 200,000 members and gives comfort to around 11 million people in the UK who belong to over 6,000 defined benefits schemes. It is a highly sophisticated asset owner, deploying multiple asset managers and investing across the full spectrum of asset classes.
This latest appointment reinforces Northern Trust’s leadership position in the UK pension fund market, where it now provides services to five of the top 10 pension funds in the UK, together representing more than GB£240 billion in assets and approximately one fifth of the entire UK pensions market.
“We are proud to have been appointed by PPF as they evolve in terms of scale and sophistication,” said Penelope Biggs, head of Northern Trust’s Institutional Investor Group in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The retirement market in the UK faces dramatic change, particularly around defined benefit schemes, and our expertise and proven track record positions us to support the PPF with flexible and creative solutions tailored to their specific needs.”
Northern Trust currently provides solutions to 31 percent of the top 100 UK pension schemes, and 37 percent of the total local government pension scheme market in the UK.
Northern Trust Corporation is a leading provider of asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. As of December 31, 2014, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$934.1 billion.