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November 2021
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, In Sight covers the pensions law changes effective from 1 October along with a round-up of other news, we release the findings of our 2021/22 Global Pension Risk Survey and we consider how today’s pension savings can shape tomorrow’s world.
In Sight
Our quarterly summary of pensions issues covers further changes arising from the Pension Schemes Act 2021, including the proposed extension to the notifiable events regime and driving value in DC pensions; and a round-up of other news.
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On the horizon
October was a busy month for pensions, with several important legislative and regulatory changes. Our On the horizon summary provides a helpful reminder of some of the key developments still to come.
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Global Pension Risk Survey 2021/22: The pension risk management journey
What has been the short-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pension schemes’ risk priorities, and how has it impacted long-term pension trends? Our new survey explores.
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Saving for tomorrow
Joanna Sharples considers how today’s pension savings can shape tomorrow’s world. This article was first published in Pensions Age.
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Receive a free benchmarking report for your DC scheme
Last chance to share your views on DC and get a free benchmarking report, while also making a contribution to the Aon Charitable trust.
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Behind the headlines: life expectancy and long COVID
Analysis of mortality data for 2020 has led to several recent headlines relating to UK and global life expectancy. Many of these articles give a misleading picture of future life expectancy: read Aon’s latest reflection of the reality behind the headlines.
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Factoring ESG into risk settlement decision making
UK bulk annuity providers are noticeably placing more focus on demonstrating their ESG credentials. However, their approaches and the degree of ESG integration within their operations vary. Find out what insurers need to do to deliver the best-in-class approach to ESG integration, and how to receive further information on our Risk Settlement ESG rating approach.
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Pension Protection Fund levies – analysis of insolvency risk scores
Read this short insight to better understand the drivers behind your Pension Protection scores, and actions you can take to significantly reduce your Pension Protection Fund Levies.
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Simulated phishing campaign – how would your pension scheme perform?
Cyber-attacks are increasing, and with pension schemes a prime target, trustees and sponsors need to up their cyber-resilience. We will be running our third simulated phishing campaign for schemes in 2022. The exercise involves a simulated phishing email sent to all participants, with your scheme receiving a full report on the results.
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Retirement podcast: Focusing on Inflation
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. With the news being increasingly dominated by inflation, Ricky is joined by Lynda Whitney and Derry Pickford to discuss the impact of rising inflation on pension schemes, including the implications for assets and liabilities and the outlook for the future.
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Week in Markets
A summary of market movements over the past week.
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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.

10 November
Webinar: Insights from Aon’s UK Accounting Strategy Team
2020 was an historic year for volatility, and 2021 has been an historic year for recovery, so what does 2022 have in store? To find out, join Aon’s Accounting Strategy Team for this thought-provoking webinar.

10-11 November and 16 November
Aon Insights Series: London
This year’s Aon Insights Series: London takes place virtually and will include panel discussions on the topics of Cyber, The State of the Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Grey Swan Events. Speakers include Aon industry experts and external speakers from firms including Siemens and Toyota.

16-19 November
Investment Conference: Investing for growth, change and challenge
Join us for any or all of five short virtual sessions, which will focus on:
• Climate change and the energy transition
• Future trends and investment opportunities
• Overcoming investment governance
• DC pensions – practical steps for investors
• DB pensions – practical steps for investors

24 November
Webinar: Corporate Pensions Update
Register for the last of our 2021 quarterly webinar series, sharing updates on current pensions issues from a corporate perspective. A summary of the 'need to know' headlines from the last three months, followed by a focus discussion on two timely updates: Insights from our Corporate Accounting Team, and key findings from our 2021 Global Pension Risk Survey.
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Webinar: Pension dashboards
Pension dashboards are finally set to become a reality. At this webinar we were joined by the Pensions Dashboard Programme’s Head of Onboarding, Paul Noone, to explore the requirements in more detail.

Corporate pensions update: Unlocking value via GMP equalisation
The third in our quarterly webinar series shares updates on current pensions issues from a corporate perspective. Alongside a summary of the 'need to know' headlines from the last three months, the webinar focuses on how schemes can unlock value via GMP equalisation.

Member Options Digital Conference – lessons learnt to improve members’ experiences
During this digital conference, we will link three distinct areas with one common theme: what have recent experiences taught us to improve things for pension schemes and their members in future?

Aon DC Live Week: Keeping on track in challenging times
Aon’s DC Live week shared latest thinking and thought leadership across a range of topics – from checking whether your scheme is on track to deliver adequate retirement outcomes, and finding out what schemes are really doing about Responsible Investing, to how the industry is waking up to providing better support at retirement. All sessions now available on demand.

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 and 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.

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.

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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