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Unlocking the Efficiencies of an Investment Platform
How £1bn+ DB schemes can benefit from operational infrastructures.

Pensions Age Fiduciary Management Firm of the Year - Aon Hewitt - April 2017
The fiduciary management space has become one of the most competitive areas within the UK pensions industry. That is why we are thrilled to have received the 2017 Fiduciary Management Firm of the year at the Pension Age Awards. This article, written by Pensions Age, summarises why the judges chose Aon Hewitt. The flexibility and transparency of our offering allowed us to stand out as the leading fiduciary provider.

Now offering made to measure – April 2017
This article, first published in Pensions Age outlines how fiduciary management solutions have evolved over the past few years and how schemes of all sizes can now benefit from this approach.

Good governance can impact the success of a pension scheme – February 2017
Can the learnings from the largest schemes in the UK benefit schemes of all sizes? In this paper, we delve into the theme of good governance and its impact on the success of pension schemes. It examines what success looks like and sets out how this might be achieved by schemes of all sizes.

Seeing the full picture – February 2017
Fiduciary management is one of the fastest growing areas within the UK defined benefit pensions industry. Since coming to the UK over a decade ago, the solution has evolved significantly and is set to continue in the future. In this guide, we look at how fiduciary management has evolved in terms of choice, transparency & outcomes.

Keep your eyes peeled - November 2016
In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sion Cole looks at some key areas where trustees should push for full transparency.

More than meets the eye? – November 2016
In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Sion Cole looks at how trustees can understand the performance of their fiduciary provider.

Where is your money going? – November 2016
Aon Hewitt’s Sion Cole examines why it is important for investors to look beyond the headline number and get full fee transparency, in this article first published in Pensions Age.

Need for transparency greater than ever - October 2016
In this article, first published in PMI News, Sion Cole looks at the areas where trustees and sponsors should make sure they are getting full transparency when selecting a fiduciary provider.

Are you seeing the full picture? – October 2016
In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sion Cole looks at why transparency is so important within DB pension scheme investing.

Vote of confidence – September 2016
In this article, first published in Pensions World, Sion Cole examines an investment solution that has very high levels of satisfaction.

Crystal clear or clear as mud? – September 2016
In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Sion Cole looks at why transparency is so important within DB schemes.

UK Pension Scheme Investment Governance – August 2016
Can the learnings from the largest schemes in the UK benefit schemes of all sizes
In this paper, we give an overview of the common themes identified from our research, including governance structures, investment beliefs, costs and cost management and in house versus outsourced investment arrangements.

An introduction to Fiduciary Management – February 2016
This guide provides a definition of fiduciary management, explains its rise in popularity and highlights the opportunities and challenges that it presents for trustees. It also includes a list of what to look for in a delegated provider, 20 questions that trustees might like to consider with their colleagues and has a glossary to explain key terms.

A fresh look at the pension scheme model – December 2015
Imagine we could start from scratch when it comes to pension provision. How would we set up the running of a pension scheme? In this article, first published in Economia, Sion Cole explores the options.

A fresh look at the pension scheme model – November 2015
If we could start over and create a scheme model from scratch, what should it look like? In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Sion Cole has some firm ideas.

An investment solution with 98% satisfaction – October 2015
In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sion Cole examines the results of our 2015 Fiduciary Management Survey.

Not enough time - September 2015
In this article, first published in Pensions World, Sion Cole looks at the increasing pressures on trustees and the impact on their time and expertise.

Can the big benefit? - September 2015
In this article, published by Pensions Age, Sion Cole dispels the myth surrounding fiduciary management and pension scheme size.

Removing the barriers - June 2015
In this article, first published in Financial Director, Sion Cole provides more detail on how sponsoring companies can reduce or remove the pain from legacy pension plans.

Pensions Age Fiduciary Management Firm of the Year - Aon Hewitt - April 2015
In a competitive market place, standing out as a fiduciary provider of choice is no easy task. That's why we were thrilled when Aon Hewitt was named Fiduciary Management Firm of the Year at the 2015 Pensions Age awards. Their article summarises the reasons why the judges chose Aon Hewitt as the winner, including our client-oriented solutions, proven performance track record and impressive growth since launch.

Removing the pain of your pension plan − April 2015
In this article, first published in Economia magazine, Sion Cole looks at how you can go about removing the pain associated with your DB pension plan.

Removing the pensions pain − April 2015
In this article, first published in Financial Director, Sion Cole looks at the pain of pensions from a corporate point of view, and how this can be reduced or even removed.

Fiduciary insights at your fingertips − February 2015
This collection of our recent whitepapers, articles and videos gives you all the information you need on fiduciary management in one document, dispelling some commonly-held myths about a fiduciary management approach.

How to speak fiduciary − February 2015
Find out why, when and how fiduciary management is appropriate for trustees, how to bypass the jargon and get to the heart of the issues that matter, and how to build a fiduciary management relationship that will work for your pension scheme, in this summary of an event held by Aon Hewitt and Engaged Investor.

Performance league tables are not suitable for fiduciary management − November 2014
Fiduciary management is now an established investment and governance solution, with a strong presence in the UK pensions market for over five years. But a number of misconceptions around this approach persist. One such misconception focuses on the topic of performance league tables. While there have been calls by some in the industry to use these for fiduciary management, this white paper examines why league tables for fiduciary management can be not only inappropriate but also misleading.

Fiduciary myths busted − October 2014
Sion Cole dispels some of the myths surrounding this growing investment and governance solution, in this article first published in Professional Pensions.

True or false? − October 2014
In this article, first published in Pensions World, Sion Cole tackles some of the myths about fiduciary management.

99% are satisfied with fiduciary − September 2014
A solution that offers this statistic must be worth finding out more about. In an article first published in Engaged Investor, Sion Cole examines Aon Hewitt's 2014 survey results.

Mythbusting fiduciary fees − September 2014
In an article first published in Pensions Age, Sion Cole dispels some of the myths surrounding fiduciary management fees.

Fiduciary management: success story or failing fad? - June 2014
Is fiduciary management proving to be a success story, delivering on its promises? Or could it be deemed to be a failing fad, not providing the key stakeholders with the pensions stability they require or expected? In this paper we look at five key reasons why individual fiduciary management solutions could be seen to be failing, and how they can be overcome, or avoided from the outset.

The evolution of pension scheme investing: looking beyond DGFs to fiduciary management - April 2014
In this paper we look at the evolution of pension scheme investing from the 'equity only' days through to diversified growth funds (DGFs) and to the more recent development of fiduciary management solutions. Each of the approaches we discuss has ticked a number of items on the 'investment shopping list' but is this enough? Fiduciary management is one solution to the challenges currently facing UK pension schemes. Not only can it 'tick all the boxes' but, perhaps most importantly, it offers a tailored solution focused on funding levels and on closing pension scheme deficits.

A comprehensive guide to selecting a fiduciary manager - February 2014
In this latest white paper we have drawn together our series of papers released during Autumn 2013, producing a comprehensive guide to selecting a fiduciary manager. This includes the six key steps and arming trustees with the key questions to ask , helping you to select the fiduciary manager that is right for your specific scheme.

Understanding the fees charged within fiduciary management - January 2014
In this latest white paper we look at the different elements of the fees charged within fiduciary management, the structure of them and how trustees and sponsors can go about comparing providers' fees. We also look to address the highly topical question, 'Are fiduciary fees actually more expensive?'.

Understanding benchmarks and performance measurement within fiduciary management - October 2013
In this latest fiduciary white paper we look at the different benchmark options trustees will need to consider for each 'flavour' of fiduciary management, the importance of an appropriate benchmark and why it is difficult to directly compare fiduciary providers' performance.

Destination: fully funded - October 2013
In an article first published in Pensions World, Sion Cole explains how flight planning is helping defined benefit schemes to control funding level volatility.

Engaged Investor: Expertise on Tap - October 2013
In this article, Sion Cole looks into the advantages of fiduciary management and investigates the benefits of portfolio management.

Fiduciary: flavours, fees and conflicts - September 2013
In an article first published in Professional Pensions, Sion Cole answers some key questions on these topical areas.

Adding value is more than just a headline number - September 2013
In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Sion Cole looks at some of the benefits of fiduciary management and why it is important to look at more than just headline returns when comparing providers' performance.

The Devil is in the Detail - September 2013
In this article, first published in Pensions Age, Sion Cole looks at how to go about selecting a fiduciary manager and the key areas to delve into.

Engaged Investor: Five Fiduciary Thoughts - July 2013
In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sion Cole explores five key areas to delve into.

Engaged Investor: Trustee Masterchef - April 2013
John Belgrove explains how trustees can now cook up better results than ever before.



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