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In this edition of Pension Clicks, we round up the latest pensions news, including Brexit implications, in In Sight, provide a summary of the High Court’s ruling on GMP and release the summary of our 2018 DC and Financial Wellbeing Survey.

In Sight
Our quarterly summary of pensions issues includes changes to investment duties for trustees, as well as updates on the pensions implications of Brexit and climate change risks, and a round-up of other news.

High Court GMP ruling
The High court has ruled that ‘GMP equalisation’ is required and suggested several possible methods to achieve this. The ruling helps to address the long running uncertainty surrounding the requirements. Our note provides a summary of the findings.

DC Pension and Financial Wellbeing Member Survey 2018
This year, we have extended our annual DC research beyond employees’ pensions and examined their current financial health as well as their expectations for retirement. What we have found is compelling. On the whole, employees are optimistic about their finances, but their perceptions and reality often do not match up. The full survey will be available later this month; in the meantime, you can download a copy of the survey summary.

DC Pension and Financial Wellbeing Member Survey podcast
Listen to the first in our latest series of podcasts. In this edition, Steven Leigh and Victoria Panormo discuss Aon's DC and Financial Wellbeing Survey and ask whether UK employees' dreams match up to the reality of their situation.

Emerging trends in pensions administration
The way you administer your pension scheme is one of the most fundamental – and to members, most visible – aspects of scheme management. In our guide, published with Professional Pensions, we explore how administration is changing and how it is impacted by (and can impact) your priorities.

Whitepaper: Choosing the right actuarial valuation approach
Our new whitepaper examines the complex options facing UK pension schemes and the implications of their chosen method of valuation.

How to optimise your board behaviour and support great decision making
At our recent Better DC Decisions workshop, Behave London's Hannah Lewis and Aon's Susan Hoare explored the subject of behavioural bias and how — by having a better understanding of their biases — trustees can enhance their effectiveness. Here is a summary of the session.

New visions of retirement
Retirement was once a big bang date at which you stopped work completely, but Aon’s latest research shows that the majority of individuals no longer expect this to be the case. What challenges does this present for employers and pension schemes, and how should they respond? Steven Leigh investigates in this article, first published in PMI News.

Understanding European direct lending
Our latest investment paper provides an overview of this specialised market, as well as outlining the potential benefits of an allocation within a portfolio.

Emerging markets roundtable
Aon’s James Jackson and other panellists discuss how recent volatility has impacted emerging markets investment and make the case for emerging market equities in this roundtable, organised by Portfolio Institutional.

Aon’s Responsible Investment Network – become a member
Join our recently-launched network of diverse investors to participate in the many industry-shaping conversations and research taking place around responsible investment (RI). The network will provide a unique, accessible forum through which you can get involved to better understand key RI issues and challenges, contribute your experience, views and ideas, and hear from your peers and industry participants.

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

Aon in the press
This month, we welcome the Government’s consultation on CDC schemes and advise Hitachi on a bulk annuity deal. Paul Heeley joins as a principal consultant in our retirement practice, working on covenant advice.

November 2018

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Dates for your diary

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7 November, London
The Future of Pensions Administration Summit
Organised by the PMI and featuring Aon’s Gary Cowler talking about the administration implications of the spike in DB transfer requests.

7 November, Birmingham
14 November, Manchester
20 November, London

Aon Breakfast Briefing: is your long-term target closer than you think?
How can scheme trustees and sponsors use a combination of attractive annuity pricing in the marketplace and well-designed member option exercises to reach long-term targets? Hear case studies, expert views on current market trends and the best ways to accelerate the journey to your long-term objective.

8 November, London
Current investment issues for pension funds conference
Including Aon’s Mike Rogers talking on ‘Let’s get active’.

20 November
DC pension and financial wellbeing webinar – Living the Dream?
Join us for the launch of Aon's 2018 DC Pension and Financial Wellbeing Member Survey. Discover what our research has uncovered about the current financial standing and future aspirations of today's workforce and how we can support them in creating a realistic plan for retirement.

February-April 2019
UK Pension Conferences 2019
As in previous years, the conferences will bring high-quality pensions learning and discussion to London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh. To register or find out more, please email

Also on our website

Aon Investment Outlook Webcast: Multi-factor investing and responsible investment
Listen again to Tapan Datta, Andrew Peach and Jennifer O’Neill sharing some early findings from our Global Responsible Investment Survey and discussing the work we have done with Legal & General to develop a multi-factor fund for our clients.

Online monitoring tool for your scheme
Our Risk Analyzer tool is now used by over 600 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.