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November 2020
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we summarise the latest pension news in In Sight, share our new investment research and explore why ESG investing needs ‘a little less conversation, a little more action please’.
In Sight – November
Our quarterly summary of pensions issues covers government consultations on climate risk governance and on DC consolidation and investment; preparing for pensions dashboards; and a round-up of other news.
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COVID, climate and compliance – are you ready for the new investment challenges?
Our latest research provides real-world insights into key trends, common approaches and differences to paint a picture of current thinking in pensions investment. Explore the latest themes across governance, responsible investment, endgame planning, cost and transparency and TPR’s DB funding code of practice.

You can also join our Investment Conference to hear from our experts on these topics. Sign up here.
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A little less conversation, a little more action please
Trustees have no reason to ignore ESG when investing, says Tim Manuel in this latest article, first published in Professional Pensions.
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Hot topics video series – Collective DC
In this short video, Matthew Arends joins Ricky Marsh to discuss the potential for Collective DC schemes.
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Risk Settlement Bulletin – Q4 2020
Our Q4 bulletin looks at the impact of COVID-19 on mortality assumptions, the implications of a buy-in for schemes' residual assets, and an update on the 2020 UK bulk annuity market to date.
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Video: What can schemes do to really improve member outcomes?
Watch Steven Leigh's presentation from the recent Professional Pensions' DC Conference to find out.
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Video: Member options in the current economic environment
In the current environment, more and more employers are making difficult decisions about the size and profile of their workforce. How can members be supported through this period of change and what further flexibilities can be offered to members as businesses are redesigned?
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Video: Which retirement options are proving popular with members and why?
Hundreds of members are making important decisions about their retirement options every single day. In this video, Aon's Dyfan Jones is joined by Wren Sterling's CCO Paul Chafer to discuss the retirement decisions of some real-life members.
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Retirement podcast - Focusing on the evolution of professional trusteeship
The key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh.

This month Ricky is joined by Nick Brinton and Laurence Hargrave to discuss the latest developments in the world of professional trusteeship, including the APPT’s new Code of Practice for sole trustees.
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Aon crowned the UK Pensions Awards ‘Risk Reduction Adviser of the Year’
It was the fourth year in a row that Aon has won the award, presented by Professional Pensions, and testament to the work our teams have done to help clients with their risk reduction strategies.
As good as gold?
Gold is increasingly being used in institutional portfolios, especially in light of recent events. This paper looks at the case for investing in gold and how pension schemes can look to access this asset.
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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 analysis shows that UK CDC schemes would have weathered 2020’s market activity and we predict that the 2020 risk settlement market will hit £50 billion, while our poll of PLSA delegates shows that the industry is divided on the DB funding code. The Thames Water DC scheme joins The Aon Master Trust and the ITN Pension Scheme renews its fiduciary appointment with Aon.
Dates for your diary
2020 Pensions training
Our training courses are currently taking place by webinar. Sign up here to reserve your place on any of the 2020 courses or contact us for further information.

9-13 November
Investment Conference: COVID, climate and compliance – are you ready for the new investment challenges?
Five short, interactive events drawing on real-world insights and sharing practical steps investors should be taking to position their portfolios in response to 2020’s new challenges.

18-19 November
Cyber Risk in the LGPS
Our two webinars, aimed at LGPS officers and fund pension committee and local pension board members, explore the cyber risks facing the LGPS.
Also on our website
Webinar: Delegated investment focus – The bear, and now the bull? (16 September)
Our recent webinar looked at the current outlook for markets and explored how we positioned our clients’ portfolios to take advantage of what appears to be a transition from one market cycle to another.

Alternative financing solutions in the current environment (29 July)
What role can alternative financing solutions play in the current environment? How can pension scheme sponsors and trustees navigate the different alternative financing options available to them?

Aon’s DC & Financial Wellbeing Conference – watch the replays (June-July)
If you missed our six-session virtual conference, covering a range of themes from setting and achieving your DC objectives to engagement and financial wellbeing, you can view all the sessions. Also, keep an eye out over the coming months for more DC related thought leadership and events for the remainder of 2020.

Sizing up your risk settlement options
If you missed our digital conference covering the latest risk settlement market updates, including the implications of COVID-19 on longevity pricing, the key highlights from our 2020 research into the perceptions of pension scheme de-risking and 3 detailed client case studies, you can view all of the replays at your convenience.

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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