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December 2021
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we examine the new transfer requirements designed to combat pension scams, Tim Giles shares his views on the pace of change in pensions and investment and we explore why DB schemes are speeding to buyout.
On the horizon
This autumn has been busy for pensions, with several important legislative and regulatory changes. Our On the horizon summary provides a helpful reminder of some of the key developments still to come.
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New transfer requirements to combat pension scams
New transfer requirements have been implemented to combat pension scams. From 30 November, schemes need to consider whether a 'red flag' or an 'amber flag' is present while processing many transfer requests: a red flag will remove the statutory right to transfer; an amber flag will require members to take mandatory guidance before they can transfer.
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Adapting to change: The Big Interview – Tim Giles
Professional Pensions’ editor Jonathan Stapleton talks to Tim Giles about the pace of change in pensions and key investment challenges ahead.
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DB schemes speed to buyout
Matthew Arends discusses the UK results of our new Global Pension Risk Survey in an article first published in Professional Pensions.
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Cyber risk, pensions and investment
Paul McGlone looks at how those managing pension schemes can tackle cyber risk in this article, first published in Pensions Age.
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Global DC Points of View
DC pension provision may vary around the globe, but many of the underlying challenges remain the same. Aon’s global DC team has a clear view of the key building blocks and design principles that have a positive impact on individual outcomes.
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Video: Life after settlement
During this video, Aon experts are joined by representatives from Legal & General and Rothesay, alongside Professional Pensions editor Jonathan Stapleton and Richard Philips, Chair of Trustees for the Asda Group Pension Scheme.

Discussions focus on key issues trustees need to consider after they have conducted an insurance transaction, including the path from buyout to wind-up.
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A review of the risk settlement market and a look ahead to 2022
In this collection of articles (that have also been published in Professional Pensions over the last six weeks), Aon experts look at issues including: Behind the headlines of COVID-19, insurer ESG ratings, asset preparation, insights from our latest Global Pension Risk Survey and our 2021 bulk annuity insurer research.
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Better pension choices: what do trustees want most?
Member options continue to be an important area of pensions strategy and pension scheme management, with the market constantly evolving. To gather a greater understanding on how trustees view and incorporate member options into their strategy we partnered with the team at Professional Pensions to harness the views of over 100 trustees and scheme managers.
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New Retirement Insights Hub creates a one-stop content shop
Our new Retirement Virtual Insights Hub is your new go-to for all our latest thinking on pensions.
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Retirement podcast: Focusing on the Aon UK DC Pension Tracker
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. This month Ricky is joined by Matthew Arends and Andy Greaves to discuss the Aon UK DC Pension Tracker, a new tool designed to measure the overall health of DC members’ savings by looking at how member outcomes change over time.
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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, Aon’s Global Pension Risk Survey finds that finds UK schemes are opting for buyout over self-sufficiency. We announce new partners in Wealth and Health Solutions and our quiz shows a strong industry appetite for Collective DC.
Dates for your diary
Pensions Training 2022
We are running a full schedule of DB, DC and pensions governance training in 2022. You can find a copy of our training brochure here and book here.
Also on our website
Investment Conference: Investing for growth, change and challenge
Listen again to any or all of five short virtual sessions, focusing on:
• Climate change and the energy transition
• Future trends and investment opportunities
• Overcoming investment governance
• DC pensions – practical steps for investors
• DB pensions – practical steps for investors

Global Pension Risk Survey 2021/22 UK Survey findings: The DB pension risk management journey
Our latest Global Pension Risk Survey demonstrates how schemes are evolving their risk management policies to cover a wider range of risks as they continue their journey. This webinar talks through the survey findings.

Insights from Corporate Accounting and our Pension Risk Survey
During this 30 minute webinar, Joe Moore summarises the key pensions news from a corporate perspective over this last quarter. Joe is then joined by Rupert Kotowski, who shares the key takeaways from our recent Global Pension Risk Survey, and Louise Gibbs to discuss insights from our Accounting Strategy team.

UK pensions post-pandemic: review and re-engage
2020 was an historic year for volatility, and 2021 has been an historic year for recovery, so what does 2022 have in store? In this webinar replay, Aon’s Accounting Strategy Team share insights to ensure you are fully briefed on current issues and what actions you can take to achieve your objectives.

Pension dashboards
Pension dashboards are finally set to become a reality. At this webinar we were joined by the Pensions Dashboard Programme’s Head of Onboarding, Paul Noone, to explore the requirements in more detail.

Corporate pensions update: Unlocking value via GMP equalisation
The third in our quarterly webinar series shares updates on current pensions issues from a corporate perspective. Alongside a summary of the 'need to know' headlines from the last three months, the webinar focuses on how schemes can unlock value via GMP equalisation.

Member Options Digital Conference – lessons learnt to improve members’ experiences
During this digital conference, we will link three distinct areas with one common theme: what have recent experiences taught us to improve things for pension schemes and their members in future?

Aon DC Live Week: Keeping on track in challenging times
Aon’s DC Live week shared latest thinking and thought leadership across a range of topics – from checking whether your scheme is on track to deliver adequate retirement outcomes, and finding out what schemes are really doing about Responsible Investing, to how the industry is waking up to providing better support at retirement. All sessions now available on demand.

Online monitoring tool for your scheme
Our Risk Analyzer tool is now used by over 950 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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