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Aon asks ‘To buy-in or not to buy-in’

New paper focuses on the key investment questions

LONDON, 09 September 2020 – Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, has released ‘To buy-in or not to buy-in?’, a new paper which looks at the key investment issues and decisions involved in a pension scheme moving to buy-in.

Lucy Barron, partner at Aon, said:
“Buy-ins offer the opportunity for pension schemes to transfer a portion of their liability risk to an insurance company for a fixed cost - and they have become an increasingly established part of the UK pensions scene. At Aon, we have seen a growing number of clients setting a long-term target of buyout and while the market has been somewhat affected by the wider economic scene this year, it is still operating at healthy levels.

“Nevertheless, there are all sorts of a variables that can affect a scheme’s suitability and readiness to buy-in - everything from the level of investment return, to the state of scheme data and the relative liquidity of its investments.”

Lucy Barron continued:
“In this new paper, we look at the key investment decisions schemes need to make for working out if buy-in is right for them and, if it is, how to establish the best size of buy-in for their scheme. This includes preparing assets both for minimum volatility and minimum transaction risk, as well as retaining in their Investment strategy the sort of flexibility which may be required in the future.”


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