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We understand the complex challenges plan sponsors face

Drawing on nearly 50 years’ experience in building and managing sophisticated pension portfolios, we apply ourselves to understanding each plan sponsor’s or pension scheme’s goals and helping them realize meaningful results.

Why Cambridge Associates?

We build custom portfolios that help drive better outcomes

Each plan sponsor’s portfolio is custom built and managed to align with their plan’s unique circumstances and goals.

Tapping our specialized expertise in pension investment strategy, liability hedging and alternative investing, as well as our global manager relationships, we employ a results-focused approach across the total portfolio that prudently maximizes alpha.

  • 50 years working with pensions
  • 80+ global pension investment professionals
  • 5,000+ manager meetings per year

What We Do

A team dedicated to your success

Each client’s dedicated investment team offers deep resources and extensive knowledge. Replicating an in-house investment office, this team is led by a senior investor and backed by experienced investment professionals, including specialists in specific asset classes and other practitioners, such as actuaries, as needed.


Through partnering with plan sponsors directly and dynamically, we strive to ensure an exceptional client experience – and optimal outcomes for each plan.

Who We Serve

There's no pension challenge we haven't met

Our pension-specific knowledge and breadth of investment capabilities enable us to build and manage portfolios for a wide range of plan types and situations. Whether you’re growth-oriented, nearing fully funded status, seeking support across the total portfolio, or requiring focused resources for a particular asset class, we can help.

We work with a range of organization and plan types, including:

  • Corporations
  • Government and Public Institutions
  • Insurance Firms
  • Multiemployer Plans and Unions
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Defined Benefit Plans
  • Defined Contribution Plans
  • Cash Balance Plans
  • Multi-Pool & Hybrid Plans
  • Specialized Trusts
  • Balance Sheet Capital
  • Other Complex Asset & Liability Pools

Insights From Our Pension Practice

Special Finance Assistance for Multiemployer Plans

Multiemployer pension plans receiving Special Financial Assistance (SFA) funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) have the opportunity to optimize their investment strategy. Plans who strategize ways to utilize existing plan assets as well as SFA funds, and consider allocating across traditional and alternative asset classes — including private investments — can increase their likelihood of maintaining solvency to 2051 and beyond.

Explore our insights on the SFA relief opportunity for multiemployer pension plans.

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Meet our pension leadership team

Our team of pension investment professionals is led by an experienced group of global leaders.
Dan Desmarais

Connect with the Pension Practice

Dan Desmarais

Managing Director, Pensions