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october 2020
Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, sign up for our new investment research COVID-19, climate and compliance — are you ready for the new investment challenges?, examine how schemes approaching their endgame can minimise risk and maximise flexibility and explore the steps schemes should be taking to achieve their responsible investment obligations.
Sign up for our new investment research: COVID-19, climate and compliance — are you ready for the new investment challenges?
2020 has been a year of significant change for DB & DC investment strategies — even before we take the effects of the pandemic into account. Over the summer, we set out to listen and to understand how investment decision-makers were responding to these challenges, culminating in a series of reports to be published this week. Pre-register to receive your copies here.

You can also learn more at our virtual Investment Conference, 9- 13 November, when we will be discussing investment governance, endgame investing, DC investment and the DB funding code of practice.
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Reaching the end
Lucy Barron looks at minimising risk and maximising flexibility for scheme endgames in this article, first published in Pensions Age.
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Responsible investment: what does it mean for you?
Responsible investment has an increasingly important role to play in securing your members’ retirement income as well as enhancing future investment returns. This paper looks at the different ways you can approach responsible investment within your strategy.
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Risk settlement: it’s not just about benefits and data – assets matter!
Lucy Barron discusses questions to ask when planning buy-ins and buyout in this article, first published in Professional Pensions.
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Countering the increased threat of pension scams
Pension scams are not new, but the number of scams has soared by 400% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Williams asks what a trustee’s role is in protecting members. First published in Professional Pensions.
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Benefits and Trends Survey 2021 is open
The survey collects the views of hundreds of employee benefits, HR and reward professionals on issues including workplace pensions and how benefits schemes design and future planning have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take part to share your views.
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Retirement podcast – Focusing on redundancies and pension scams
This month Ricky Marsh is joined by Andy Gaskell and Ben Roe to discuss how pensions can be used to support employers and employees who are going through redundancy exercises, and the growing risk of pension scams.
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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 trustee boards are adapting to meet the challenge of COVID-19 and caution schemes against over-reacting to coronavirus’ disruption to the CMI Mortality Projections Model. Our new papers ask ‘To buy-in or not to buy-in?’ and aim to help pension schemes to increase their effectiveness. Guy Saintfiet re-joins Aon as a Senior Portfolio Manager within our Investment team and we announce our new UK partners. Our survey shows that over 40% of employees don’t feel they have job security.
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.

7-8 October
Aon recognises World Mental Health Day
Join Aon experts and clients for a panel discussion exploring how companies are helping colleagues through their emotional and mental health journeys.

12-16 October
PLSA Annual Conference
Aon will sponsor the DB Pensions stream, with Matthew Arends talking on long-term DB targets and Tim Manuel on responsible investment.

20-21 October
Aon Insights Series 2020: Better Decisions in a Complex and Volatile World
This two-day virtual event will explore the current COVID-19 business environment, providing data-driven insights and innovative solutions to help you increase your understanding of threats, seize opportunities, and make better decisions for your organisation.
Also on our website
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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