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JUNE 2020
Pension Clicks
This edition of Pension Clicks examines how you can find the right approach when longevity hedging, explores how employers can take DC action globally in response to COVID-19 and looks at ways to achieve the right balance of DC pensions quality and time commitment.
Finding the right approach
Hannah Cook looks at how to structure and access the best pricing when longevity hedging. First published in Pensions Age.
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Global DC flexibility: Where can you take action in response to COVID-19?
Companies face significant workforce challenges due to COVID-19, particularly around DC cost reduction. This document looks at how firms across the globe are managing their DC arrangements, including actions both employers and employees can take.
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A matter of balance
Tony Pugh explores how to get the right balance of DC pensions quality and time commitment. First published in Pensions Age.
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Investment podcast: What damage is the coronavirus doing to the UK and global economies?
How do you assess the market impact from the COVID-19 crisis so far? How can investors best protect themselves in the current environment. Tapan Datta considers these questions and more in this short podcast.
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COVID-19 - How Aon managed investments through a crisis
During market turmoil, the benefits of a delegated approach come to the forefront, as we explore here.
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Responsible investment update
Our responsible investment team explores the link between COVID-19 and ESG, how ESG indices have performed in the recent downturn and the latest actions regarding pension schemes’ Statements of Investment Principles.
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Active ownership: An underappreciated impact
Oliver MacArthur argues that meaningful positive social and environmental impact can be generated by active ownership across a broad universe of companies, and alongside investments deployed to capitalise companies explicitly delivering solutions to sustainability challenges in listed equities.
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Trustee meetings in an ongoing crisis situation
Susan Hoare explores how pension scheme trustee boards can continue to operate effectively in unprecedented times. First published in the PMI’s Pensions Aspects magazine.
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Cyber risk: take part in our simulated phishing exercise
How vulnerable is your pension scheme to phishing emails? Our 2020 simulated phishing exercise offers all pension schemes the chance to test their resilience.
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In response to COVID-19, will companies see greater demand for gig workers?
Will the change in perceptions about flexible working, from both employers and employees, lead to greater flexibility being offered to all workers as standard, or will businesses double down on their journey towards the adoption of more gig workers? Our Gig Economy Report Financial security or greater control? explores these questions.
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Retirement podcast: Focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on DC members
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. This month, Ricky is joined by Aon’s Ben Roe and Chris Inman to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members of DC schemes, and the actions trustees and companies should be taking to help members deal with this.
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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 note that the lockdown is focusing UK pension schemes on member support, while our survey shows that overall, employers have been protecting and supporting employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our poll shows that support is sliding among UK pension schemes for the new scheme funding code. We advise NN Life on its €13.5bn longevity transaction while volatility has driven the widest range of pricing in the bulk annuity market for over 10 years. And we have published a paper highlighting opportunities in global investment grade credit.
Dates for your diary

2020 Pensions training
To mitigate the risk and further spread of COVID-19, Aon has taken the decision to modify some of our courses to webinars – sign up here to reserve your place or contact pensionstraining.enquiries@aon.com to find out more.

3 June, 2.15-3.00pm
COVID-19 response webinar: Longevity focus – what now for pension schemes?
The impact of coronavirus on longevity assumptions continues to occupy pension schemes – not least as so much about the virus remains unclear. We explore what has happened so far and the potential impact for pension schemes, as well as hearing wider industry insights from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ work.

17 June
Virtual conference: Sizing up your risk settlement options
This conference is designed to give you greater clarity on what longevity de-risking options are right for a scheme of your size, and how you can assess each of the options. You can read the full agenda here.

25 June-8 July
Virtual conference: DC & financial wellbeing
Taking place over the course of three weeks, our virtual conference sessions look at what schemes are doing across different aspects of DC pensions and financial wellbeing, with the all-important aim to improve outcomes. How do you compare, and do you have the right measures of success? Read the full agenda here.

Also on our website
Investment Focus – Understanding the Bigger Picture
Discussing latest scenarios for potential recovery; the longer-term impact for investment strategies, and the hidden traps investors might face.

Interpreting the Annual Funding Statement
Specialists from our covenant, actuarial and investment teams consider the recent statement provided by The Pensions Regulator.

Investment Focus – Navigating Uncharted Territory
Listen to William Parry and specialists from our asset allocation and delegated investment teams discussing how our investment performance and operational resilience planning has held up over these challenging times.

DC Pensions: The Next Steps
Hear Aon’s DC experts exploring the impact of recent market volatility on DC schemes, and addressing scheme communications, employee wellbeing and governance challenges.

Member Options: How to Protect & Support your Pension Scheme Members
Aon's Member Options and Administration specialists were joined by a leading IFA firm to explore how pension schemes can support and protect members during the coronavirus crisis.

2020 Spring Actuarial Valuations
Matthew Arends was joined by actuarial, covenant and investment specialists to discuss the implications of the current crisis and actions trustee boards and companies can take to manage 2020 actuarial valuations.

Investment Focus: Market Developments and Asset Class Performance
Our Asset Allocation and Manager Research teams explore recent market developments and ways in which different asset classes, managers and strategies have performed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Implications for pension scheme de-risking transactions
Specialists from Aon's Risk Settlement Group address the impact of the coronavirus crisis on pension scheme de-risking transactions.

2020 DC Pension Survey – How do you measure up?
Addressing some of the key findings from our research and what they mean for those involved in pension and wider financial wellbeing and benefits provision.

Pension Conference webinars 2020
Our 2020 Pension Conferences were converted to a series of topical webinars – listen to them here.

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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