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August 2020
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we summarise the latest guidance from The Pensions Regulator and other news in In Sight, release the findings from our new de-risking research and examine 2020’s bulk annuity opportunities for smaller schemes.
In Sight – August
Our quarterly summary of pensions issues covers the latest guidance from The Pensions Regulator and other bodies in relation to COVID-19; new rules for distressed employers; and a round-up of other news.
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The UK de-risking market: does size really matter?
The pensions de-risking market continues to expand and evolve, with innovations and efficiencies increasing the options available to schemes of all sizes. Our research, carried out with Professional Pensions, explores trustee and employer views on the subject.
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The right time
Aon’s Stephen Purves asks if 2020 could be the bulk annuity market opportunity that smaller schemes have been waiting for. First published in Pensions Age.
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Podcast – Exploring credit markets
How did credit markets respond to recent market volatility? What are the current opportunities and points of caution that pension schemes should consider? William Parry and Paul Whelan explore these and other questions in this short podcast.
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Preserving capital while generating returns
Is there a suitable investment that can protect pension scheme assets in falling markets yet generate decent returns in normal market conditions? This paper from Aon’s investment experts considers the options available for investors.
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Retirement podcast – Focusing on Responsible Investment in a post COVID-19 world
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. This month Ricky is joined by Jennifer O’Neill and Lindsay Nickerson to discuss the latest developments in the world of Responsible Investment, including how attitudes to this topic have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Week in Markets
A summary of market movements over the past week.
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Aon in the press
This month, we see attractive returns in low-risk credit. We advise LGPS schemes to act soon to assess the impact of the McCloud judgment and warn that measures in the MHCLG consultation on the judgment present a real challenge.

We believe that updated HMRC guidance paves the way for lump sum payments to resume and that COVID-19 is giving UK DC schemes reasons to re-evaluate many of the ways they operate, including their investment approach and administration. The number of DB schemes employing a sole trustee model is expected to double over the next five years, according to our poll.

2020 Pensions training
Our training courses are currently taking place by webinar. Sign up here to reserve your place on any of the 2020 courses or contact us for further information.

10 September
Time to re-evaluate member options for your scheme?
Exploring why now may be the right time to change your strategy on member options, with sessions focusing on trustee and corporate perspectives. The event is interactive, allowing you to build your own agenda, submit questions to our expert speakers and take part in polls.

Also on our website
Alternative financing solutions in the current environment (29 July)
What role can alternative financing solutions play in the current environment? How can pension scheme sponsors and trustees navigate the different alternative financing options available to them?

Aon’s DC & Financial Wellbeing Conference – watch the replays (June-July)
If you missed our six-session virtual conference, covering a range of themes from setting and achieving your DC objectives to engagement and financial wellbeing, you can view all the sessions. Also, keep an eye out over the coming months for more DC related thought leadership and events for the remainder of 2020.

COVID-19 Response Webinar: Investment focus – the ‘new normal’ (30 June)
How will the macro and political landscape unfold in the coming months and years? Are we heading towards a ‘new normal’ and, if so, what shape might it take and what will it mean for investors? Aon experts tackle these important questions and explore the wide range of potential outcomes for investors.

COVID-19 Response Webinar: Climate change – rising to the challenge (24 June)
Aon experts will explore the mounting pressures on pension schemes to address climate change and the role pension scheme investing can play to rise to the challenge.

COVID-19 Response Webinar: Longevity focus – what now for pension schemes? (3 June)
Aon's experts explore what has happened so far and the potential impact for pension schemes. We also hear wider industry insights from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ work.

Online monitoring tool for your scheme
Our Risk Analyzer tool is now used by over 900 schemes to monitor various financial and risk measures. This video gives you an example of how Risk Analyzer could help you.
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