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December 2020
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we examine the latest guidance from The Pensions Regulator on distressed employers, assess the announcement on changes to RPI and explore the ways that COVID-19 is reshaping pensions decision-making.
TPR guidance on distressed employers
New guidance from The Pensions Regulator sets out the steps all trustees of DB schemes should be taking to ensure they are ready to act, and the specific actions where a sponsor is showing signs of financial distress. You can also listen to our podcast covering this topic.
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The future of RPI
From 2030, RPI is now expected to be calculated in line with CPIH. We summarise the response to the consultation by HM Treasury and the UK Statistics Authority.
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COVID and pensions decisions
Emily McGuire looks at five ways in which COVID-19 is reshaping pensions decision-making in this article, first published in Pensions Age.
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COVID, climate and compliance – are you ready for the new investment challenges?
Our latest research provides real-world insights into key trends, common approaches and differences, to paint a picture of current thinking in pensions investment. Explore the latest themes across governance, responsible investment, endgame planning, cost and transparency and TPR’s DB funding code of practice.
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Effective trustee meetings: combining virtual with face-to-face
As schemes adapted to lockdown, virtual trustee meetings became the norm. We anticipate that few pension schemes will revert back fully to the traditional quarterly face-to-face meeting cycle, instead balancing virtual with face-to-face. Our 10 questions will help you to determine the right balance for your scheme.
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CDC in adverse markets
How would a CDC arrangement have fared in comparison with the performance of typical DB and DC designs in 2020’s turbulent markets? Our new paper investigates.
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Video: Looking for new ways to maximise member engagement?
Jon Bryant and Paul Estruch share insights on how to improve member engagement, addressing both the psychology and the application of engagement.
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Video: Thinking of offering IFA support for your members?
Andy Gaskell and Kate Whittingham explore the benefits of appointing an IFA to support your members, best practice for getting the appointment decision right and how to make sure they remain fit for purpose.
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Retirement podcast – focusing on distressed employers
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh.

This month Ricky is joined by Paul Heeley and Becky McGowan to discuss how schemes can protect themselves from sponsoring employer distress, including a look at The Pensions Regulator’s new guidance on this issue.
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Read Investment Clicks for an in-depth look at investment issues
Investment Clicks is our monthly bulletin, designed to keep you abreast of the latest thinking and insights across DB and DC Investment. The latest edition includes content on responsible investing, endgame planning, investment governance and long-term funding.
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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 schemes of all sizes benefiting from risk settlement innovations and advise Smiths Industries on their £146m annuity with Canada Life. We urge pension savers of all ages to review their financial situation and note that the High Court ruling on the equalisation for GMPs has significant knock-on consequences for the pensions industry. We launch our new impact investing fund and publish a new paper to help improve understanding of diversity and inclusion considerations among UK pension scheme trustees and members.
Dates for your diary
Pensions Training 2021
We will be running a full schedule of DB, DC and pensions governance training in 2021, please contact us for dates and details.
Also on our website
Investment Conference: COVID, climate and compliance – are you ready for the new investment challenges? (9-13 November)
Listen to replays of all the sessions from our recent conference.

GMP equalisation webinar (4 November)
Expert views and questions on the Lloyds Bank hearing; exploring other schemes’ progress with GMP equalisation projects; and practical experience from early movers on governance, data and communications.

How DC investment strategy is changing
Listen again to this Professional Pensions webinar where Aon’s Chris Inman talks through changes in DC investment approaches with fellow industry experts.

Webinar: Delegated investment focus – The bear, and now the bull? (16 September)
Our recent webinar looked at the current outlook for markets and explored how we positioned our clients’ portfolios to take advantage of what appears to be a transition from one market cycle to another.

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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