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March 2020
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we look at the Pensions Regulator’s response to its consultation on the future of trusteeship and governance and launch our 2020 DC Pension Survey with Chapter 1 of the survey report and the Chapter 1 podcast.
The future of trusteeship and governance
The Pensions Regulator has published its response to last year’s consultation on the future of trusteeship and governance. It confirms plans to update its trustee knowledge and understanding code of practice and review the Trustee toolkit to make its expectations clearer and to drive up standards of trusteeship. Notably, there will be no requirement to have a professional trustee on every board, for the time being.
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How do you measure up? DC Pension Survey 2020
In our 2020 Defined Contribution Pension Survey, we sought the views of trustees and scheme sponsors on the challenges they face and their aspirations for scheme members. Chapter 1 looks at strategic trends in DC and how schemes can set and achieve objectives.
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DC Pension Survey chapter 1 podcast
We discuss how schemes are tackling setting and achieving objectives in the podcast to accompany chapter 1 of the 2020 DC Pension Survey.
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DC roundtable: the continuing evolution of DC
Steven Leigh takes part in Pensions Age’s DC roundtable where the panel discuss the DC landscape post-authorisation, adequacy and the new Retirement Living Standards.
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Assessing the potential impact of climate-related risks
The discussion about how climate risk affects the financial sector has gained significant momentum in recent years. This blog explores why asset owners need to assess and plan for climate change.
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Identifying a trend: the march of consolidation
Consolidation has been a consistent trend in the pensions landscape over the last decade. Our paper looks at what consolidation means in this context, and why its appeal is growing among both DB and DC schemes.
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Why now is the time for liquid credit strategies
As trustees navigate the changing pensions landscape of lower yields, greater buyout affordability and improved funding levels, there has been increased investor demand for liquid fixed income solutions. This new paper explores some liquid credit strategies that offer attractive risk/return payoffs for investors.
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Multi-asset credit roundtable: more than meets the eye
Alex den Braber joins industry experts to assess the dynamic role that multi-asset credit can play in pension portfolios today.
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Pathway: the solution for smaller bulk annuity transactions
Smaller pension schemes wishing to purchase a bulk annuity need to approach the market in the right way in order to access competitive pricing and contractual terms from insurers. Find out how to make transactions more attractive to insurers, leading to more competition and better outcomes on pricing and terms for smaller pension schemes.
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Retirement podcast – focusing on the future of trusteeship and governance
Ricky Marsh is joined by Susan Hoare to discuss The Pensions Regulator’s response to last year’s consultation on the future of trusteeship and governance, and what we can expect from the upcoming single modular Code of Practice.
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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 multiple challenges in the Funding Code consultation, our new paper examines the future of factor investing and we comment on the future of trusteeship and governance consultation. Our new survey shows that DC schemes struggle to measure up and we believe that HMRC’s GMP equalisation guidance leaves some unanswered questions.
Dates for your diary
2020 Pensions training
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12 March
Webinar: funding code consultation
Aon experts address the announcement of The Pensions Regulator's long-awaited consultation on the principles behind a revised Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.

26 March
Webinar: DC Pension Survey – How do you measure up?
Sharing first-hand insights into the findings of our new survey.
Also on our website
De-risking your pension scheme
In a busy risk settlement market, a clear de-risking strategy and thorough preparation are key to attract the best pricing. These four videos provide a breakdown of the de-risking process from start to finish and provide valuable insights as you plan your journey.

Global Pension Risk Survey: how are schemes managing their maturity?
Hear insights from the UK findings of our 2019 Global Pension Risk Survey and find out how rapidly-maturing DB schemes are tackling the need to make decisions about both scheme assets and the liabilities.

Providing options for members of DB schemes
Listen to our recent webinar, addressing the provision of options and support for members of DB schemes at retirement and in bulk exercises.

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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