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June 2021
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we explore how schemes can optimise outcomes on their journey to settlement, provide an update on the fast-growing master trust market, and examine how data could save you millions.
Journey to settlement
John Baines and Michael Walker consider how to optimise outcomes for members, trustees and sponsors in this article first published in Pensions Age.
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DC Master Trust Market Update
The DC pension market is seeing a significant and ongoing shift towards consolidation in master trusts. What benefits do master trusts bring to members and employers?
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The Aon MasterTrust default performance – top once again!
Isio’s survey of leading providers in the master trust market compares investment performance and finds the default strategy of the Aon MasterTrust to once again be top of those surveyed for both younger and older savers. Read the full survey for more details.
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Data could save you millions
David Pharo explains how data could save you millions, providing you invest time and money, in this article first published in the PMI’s Pensions Aspects magazine.
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Single Code of Practice
The consultation on the Code closed in May with the expectation for it to come into force towards the end of 2021. What does it mean for trustees of pension schemes? Our short paper investigates.
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Reviewing an appointed Independent Financial Adviser
IFA support for pension scheme members is becoming more prevalent and has come under the spotlight in recent FCA and TPR consultations. How do you ensure that your existing IFA agreement, or one that you may wish to implement, will continue to meet trustee and sponsor requirements?
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Pensions administration: doing the industry proud
Gary Cowler joins Pensions Age’s expert roundtable as they reflect on the effects of the pandemic, GMP equalisation, small pots, artificial intelligence, simpler benefit statements and more.
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Financial wellbeing for women in the workplace: closing the gap
In recent years, a number of headline stories have highlighted the fact that women may be less financially resilient than men and how the gender pay gap may have influenced this. We take a look at the research and statistics beneath the headlines, and explore how employers can provide targeted support to help improve women’s financial resilience.
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Global Responsible Investment Survey
Building on Aon’s 2019 report, our third survey will enable us to gain valuable insights into current thinking among institutional investors, and measure changes in their attitudes and approaches to responsible investment.
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Taking the fiduciary approach to responsible investment
Tim Manuel and Philippa Allen discuss the different ways in which fiduciary management can support the implementation of responsible investment portfolios.
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Realism vs ambition: setting pension scheme net-zero targets
The Environment Agency Pension Fund's Marion Maloney joins Aon's Tim Manuel and ITS's Tegs Harding to discuss net-zero targets and what sits behind them.
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Risk Settlement Bulletin – Q1 2021
The Q2 bulletin looks at the importance of accurate marital information for transactions, the latest mortality projections and long-term journey planning.
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Retirement podcast: Focusing on ESG and Implementation Statements
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. This month Ricky is joined by Kate Charsley and Gareth Doyle to discuss investment issues currently facing trustees, including the looming deadline for Implementation Statements and aligning ESG policies with those of the sponsoring employer.
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Week in Markets
A summary of market movements over the past week.
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Aon success at We are the City’s Rising Star Awards
Congratulations to Amanda Kemp, from Aon’s fiduciary management team, on being named a Rising Star in Investment Management at We Are The City’s Rising Star Awards 2021.
Aon in the press
This month, our Pensions Conferences polling indicates that pension schemes showed their resilience during 2020.
Dates for your diary
Pensions Training 2021
We are running a full schedule of DB, DC and pensions governance training in 2021. You can find a copy of our training brochure and register online here.

9 June
Webinar: Journey plans – getting the member experience right
Aon and LawDeb will share the latest thinking on how the member experience should be managed alongside schemes' longer-term journey plans. What actions can be taken to support member decision making in the near term, and how will options and support available to members change after buyout?

23 June
Decisions, decisions – new possibilities for trustees
Join Professor Iain Clacher, from the University of Leeds, and Aon’s Susan Hoare for this interactive webinar. We will draw on the key findings of a major new report and provide practical, actionable guidance.

29 June
Risk Settlement Conference: Identifying your journey to settlement
What actions can you take to reach pension scheme settlement, and what are the key considerations for your journey? This conference will discuss latest trends, market updates and findings from Aon’s 2021 Journey to Settlement Survey. Focus groups will help you navigate your journey to settlement.
Also on our website
Read all the latest thinking and news on Aon’s Insight Zone
Visit our Insight Zone – a one-stop source for all the latest thinking from Aon’s UK Retirement and Investment teams.

Navigating today’s de-risking market
Listen to our recent webinar giving informative insights into the settlement opportunities available to your scheme in 2021 and beyond, and what you need to do to ensure that you are in the strongest position to begin your de-risking journey.

Insights from Aon’s UK Accounting Strategy Team
See how your pension scheme performed in 2020 (and why), and the latest market trends – including the impact of COVID-19 and RPI reform. During this discussion, our experts also walked through real world actions to help you to outperform the market in 2021.

Your buyout journey – doing it with more certainty & less cost
Our webinar covers how to prepare your assets at the outset and as you move closer to buyout; considerations and benefits of doing phased buy-ins; managing investment through the broking process; and what makes a scheme more attractive to insurers in a busy market.

Aon's Pension Cyber Scorecard – the results so far
Listen to our recent webinar sharing results to date from Aon's Cyber Scorecard, a self-assessment tool for schemes to measure their cyber resilience.

Forecasting longevity while living in interesting times
Listen to specialists from Aon's Demographic Horizons™ team giving insights into the impact that the pandemic has had on longevity assumptions and our view on the market consensus on future mortality improvements.

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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