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May 2020
Pension Clicks
This edition of Pension Clicks explores the Pensions Regulator’s COVID-19 guidance and other pensions news in In Sight, and shares 10 questions to test your crisis resilience, with versions for DB and DC schemes, DB investment and DC investment and international pension plans.
In Sight – May
Our quarterly summary of pensions issues looks at the Pensions Regulator’s guidance in relation to the COVID-19 situation, the new framework for scheme funding, an update on governance and investment issues, and a round-up of other news.
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10 questions to test your crisis resilience
Our ten questions check the resilience of your pension scheme to a crisis, whether it be the current situation or something else. There are versions below for DB and DC schemes, DB investment and DC investment.
DB investment
DC investment
10 questions to test the crisis resilience of your international pension plan
International Pension Plans (IPPs) often cover critical employees working in key locations around the world, and face a number of specific challenges. Take part in our 10-minute survey to receive a copy of the findings so you can benchmark yourself against the market.
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DC Pension Survey – are you fit for the future?
Chapter 3 of our 2020 DC Pension Survey explores whether schemes are fit for the future.
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DC Survey podcasts
How does your DC scheme measure up? Listen to our podcasts covering our 2020 DC Survey to find out how you compare on strategy, investment, member outcomes and financial wellbeing.
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It’s time to shed some light on retirement targets
Steven Leigh explains how schemes can help DC members stay on track to realising their retirement goals. First published in Professional Pensions.
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Risk Settlement Bulletin
Our Q2 bulletin looks at the immediate impact of COVID-19 on UK mortality, the impact of recent market volatility on bulk annuity costs and scheme funding, and the trends in risk settlement markets globally.
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Retirement podcast: Focusing on LDI portfolios in volatile markets
This month, Ricky Marsh is joined by Dilesh Shah and Lara Kennard to discuss the impact of recent market movements on schemes’ LDI portfolios, including some case studies and lessons learned for the future.
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Global Pension Risk Survey – explore the findings
Our new interactive webpage shows the findings from our recent Global Pension Risk Survey – select region or country to see specific data.
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Governance podcast: Equipping your trustee board with the skills they need
Sarah Butlin and Stephen Davidson talk through the Pensions Regulator’s requirements for trustee boards. What do boards need in terms of skills, knowledge, diversity and professionalism? What role does contingency planning play in creating and maintaining an effective trustee board?
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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 it’s a testing time for pension scheme investment, with a quarter of UK schemes badly impacted by market falls, but encourage UK pension schemes to ignore the crowd in bear markets. Our new pulse survey finds companies in the UK and mainland Europe focusing on cost reduction to deal with effects of COVID-19. We advise Leonardo Electronics Pension Scheme on its £160 million buy-in with Just Group and say that the full flexibilities of the current regime are needed for 2020 valuations, despite TPR’s Annual Funding Statement.
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 – please contact pensionstraining.enquiries@aon.com to register or find out more.

6 May, 2.15-3pm
COVID-19 Response Webinar: Investment Focus – Navigating Uncharted Territory
Join us to hear from Aon’s investment specialists on market outlooks, portfolio positioning, managing fixed income liquidity and business continuity.

Also on our website
COVID-19 update: investment focus – market developments & asset class performance

COVID-19 response webinar: How to support and protect your members

COVID-19 response webinar: Spring 2020 actuarial valuations

COVID-19 Investment focus: Market developments and asset class performance

COVID-19 response webinar: Implications for 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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