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In this edition of Pension Clicks, we explore how you can challenge your advisers on the choices you are being asked to make, and share our 10 questions to help you. We also share content from The Times Workplace Pensions Report, which includes an article on engagement from Aon.

How to challenge your advisers; the questions trustees need to ask
When you are faced with recommendations from your advisers, how can you make the best choices? The answer lies in challenging the decisions you are being asked to make, as Susan Hoare explains in this article, first published in Pensions Expert.

10 questions to help trustees challenge their advisers
Put Susan’s suggestions into practice by downloading a free copy of our ‘10 questions to help trustees challenge their advisers’. The questions are designed to help you gain confidence in the decisions you make as a trustee, whether in DB or DC.

The Times Workplace Pensions Report
Distributed recently with The Times, the Workplace Pensions Report examines how change is influencing the pensions landscape, highlighting some of the key decisions facing employers and members – including the upcoming increases in minimum contributions. Aon’s article looks at the issue of engagement.

Putting DC members front and centre
If we ask ourselves what DC strategies are actually trying to achieve, we are likely to end up with the regulatory answer of ‘good member outcomes’. In this paper, we explore what those good member outcomes actually mean and how DC schemes can deliver them.

DC investment: deciding on default design
Effective default fund design sits at the heart of any DC scheme. So trustees’ choice of investment strategy and the charges applied to it are significant influences on the eventual size of an individual’s retirement pot. Here, we explore two key types of default fund strategy: lifestyling and target date funds.

Is fixed income low risk?
Some lifecycle and target date funds still ‘derisk’ into bonds and cash towards the end of a member’s savings journey, but are we right to consider fixed income low risk? Sophia Singleton and other pension experts debate the issue at a roundtable organised by Pensions Expert.

Proactively managing your investments
Sion Cole explores why being active in today’s environment is key to improving investment returns above liabilities and achieving your end goals, in an article first published in Pensions Expert.

Global equities: targeting worldwide growth
A write up of a global equities roundtable with Portfolio Institutional, where John Belgrove and other pensions experts discussed the pros and cons of building a global equity portfolio.

Be the first to read findings from our CEMEA Investment Survey
Our first survey on approaches to investment in Europe, with a particular focus on fiduciary management, launches this quarter. Sign up for your copy now and we will send you the report as soon as it’s released.

Rethink 2018 – European Pension and Lifetime Savings Conference
Registration for our 2018 European pension conference is now open. The conference takes place on 20 September in Frankfurt, and will address key aspects of managing corporate pensions and retirement provision locally and globally.

Aon’s Retirement Options Model helps to improve outcomes
A year after its launch, Aon’s Retirement Options Model (AROM) is delivering for members and schemes. The education AROM provides to members is helping them to make the right choices for their circumstances. Schemes using AROM are seeing on average an additional 20% of members transferring at retirement.

Risk Settlement Bulletin – February
Continued exceptional annuity pricing sees the bulk annuity market set for record volumes in 2018, as many schemes look to capitalise on current attractive opportunities.

Week in Markets
A summary of market movements over the past week.

Aon in the press
This month, Dow Chemical moves its European DC plans into Aon’s EMEA DC solution and we put the focus on DC scheme members, with the release of our whitepaper, Putting DC members front and centre. Aon’s Adam Burn also explains why adviser charging is a recipe for disaster. Meanwhile, our paper examines the role of Alternative Risk Premia in investment return.

March 2018

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Dates for your diary

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March – May 2018
2018 Pensions Conferences
Join us for our annual Pensions Conferences taking place in London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh.

14 March
Alternative Investment Conference, The Hague
Exploring the opportunities in the alternative space for institutional investment portfolios.

15 March
Investment Outlook Webcast: Cashflow Management – Crunch Time?
How can trustees mitigate the risks that unpredictable cashflows pose to their schemes?

19 April, London
Investment Breakfast Series – Factor-based investing
Join Aon’s George Carvounes and John Belgrove to discuss factor-based investing.

25 April
Professional Pensions’ DC Conference
Including Sophia Singleton on the tools a trustee needs to make sure they are fulfilling their fiduciary duty.

26 April, London
Pensions Age Spring Conference
Including Aon’s Matthew Fletcher presenting on risk settlement.

15 May, London & 6 June, Birmingham
Reducing risk at the right price
Join our risk settlement experts as they guide you through the de-risking solutions available and the steps required to capture the best price.

16 May, Geneva & 17 May, Zurich
Institutional Investment Conference
How can investors improve a traditional asset allocation with Aon’s ‘Best Investment Ideas’?

22 May, London
Investment Breakfast Series – Property/Infrastructure

20 September, Frankfurt
Rethink 2018 – European Pension and Lifetime Savings Conference
Addressing the key aspects of managing corporate pensions and retirement provision locally and globally.

Also on our website

Is your scheme ready to navigate the future?
Listen again to our webinar examining some of the challenges for trust-based DC schemes and sharing key findings from our 2017 DC Scheme Survey.

'To and Thru' to Retirement: Market Developments
Listen again to our webinar to find out more about the evolving DC retirement solutions available.

Global Pension Risk Survey – global findings webinar
Listen again to our webinar sharing the findings from our global GPR Survey series.

Online monitoring tool for your scheme
Our Risk Analyzer tool is now used by over 750 schemes to monitor various financial and risk measures. This video gives you an example of how Risk Analyzer could help you.

Read the latest update from our Retirement and Investment blog.