Choosing a master trust – November 2019
Tony Pugh discusses the criteria employers should consider when picking a master trust and the areas that affect member outcomes in this article, first published in Professional Pensions.
Engaging with DC – June 2019
What’s next for auto-enrolment and master trusts, the emergence of the pensions dashboard and the reasons for member engagement? Steve Leigh, Senior DC Consultant at Aon, joined the discussion at the latest DC roundtable with Pensions Age.
DB to DC transfers – ensuring quality of advice – June 2019
Following the introduction of ‘Freedom and Choice’ for DC pensions in April 2015, we have seen increasing numbers of members transfer out of DB schemes to access these new freedoms. How can sponsors and trustees ensure that members are getting the quality advice they need to make informed decisions? First published in the PMI’s Pensions Aspects magazine.
The future of DC: Aon’s 10-year challenge – April 2019
In this guide, our experts in different fields consider the key elements of Defined Contribution ‘DC’ pension provision, comparing it to where it was 10 years ago and how it could look 10 years from now.
Focusing on the outcomes – April 2019
With the increase in minimum contribution rates under automatic enrolment to 8%, Sophia Singleton asks what is needed to enable members to retire when they, and their employer, want. First published in Professional Pensions.
Focus on higher or lower earners? – March 2019
Steven Leigh explains how it may be for differing reasons, but both higher and lower earners need support during their retirement saving journey. First published in Pensions Age.
Mind the gap! – March 2019
Sophia Singleton explores the differences between men’s and women’s retirement plans and in particular how DC schemes can ensure their support structures are appropriate for all. First published in Pensions Age.
The case for better communications – March 2019
Aon senior consultant Karina Klimaszewski says employees need better access to financial information to make the most of their savings. First published in Professional Pensions.
Retirement has changed: how to evolve financial wellbeing to keep pace – January 2019
Employers can have a major influence on their employees’ retirement planning, which opens up huge opportunities to help employees improve their overall financial wellbeing. This guide, first published in HR Magazine, offers three key actions employers can take as a starting point.
Are auto-enrolment contributions sufficient? – January 2019
Steven Leigh explores whether auto-enrolment policy is working, why earnings levels can affect people’s views and how schemes and sponsors can take some simple steps to help members, in this article first published in Professional Pensions.
What does our financial future hold? – December 2018
Our lives are evolving at a rapid rate. We are living in a world of transparency, swift and unpredictable change, and technology that enables us to be globally accessible. Coupled with all these positive shifts, we are also living in a time of excessive debt and financial anguish – not least among our employees. This article, published by HRD Connect, looks at the findings from Aon’s latest research.
How responsible investment can improve member engagement – November 2018
With so much focus in the DC market on member communications and experience, would you overlook an opportunity to further engage DC savers and engender pride in their pension scheme? Chris Inman explores the issue in this article, first published in PMI News.
A shift in finances – November 2018
Tony Pugh considers where future retirement income will come from in this article, first published in Pensions Age.
New visions of retirement – October 2018
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.
Driving forward the DC agenda
Aon’s Lynda Whitney joined a panel of experts in Pensions Age’s latest DC Roundtable. Read the write up, published in July’s edition of Pensions Age to hear what the panel had to say on some of the most pressing issues in DC including engagement, investment, Collective DC and litigation risk.
Decision or default? – April 2018
Lynda Whitney discusses how and when those managing DC schemes should help members make their own decisions, in an article first published in Pensions Age.
The Times Workplace Pensions Report 2018 – February 2018
Distributed recently with The Times Newspaper, 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. Download a free copy of the publication in which Aon looks at the importat issue of engagement.
Workplace pension outcomes depend to shared engagement – February 2018
Outcomes delivered by employer pension schemes depend more than ever on levels of engagement, so companies must create good quality schemes and successfully communicate their benefits. Read our article, first published in the Workplace Pensions Report, distributed with The Times.
Can your scheme afford (not) to increase contributions? – January 2018
Steven Leigh looks at Aon’s DC Scheme Survey 2017 and the light it shines on how defined contribution schemes are tackling the challenge of auto-enrolment in this article, first published in Professional Pensions.
DC Roundtable – Part 2 - December 2017
Sophia Singleton and other pension experts discuss some of the latest issues in DC, including de-risking, multi-asset funds and exchange-traded funds, in the second part of a roundtable carried out for Pensions Expert.
DC Roundtable – December 2017
Sophia Singleton and other pension experts discuss some of the latest issues in DC, including de-risking, multi-asset funds and exchange-traded funds, in this roundtable carried out for Pensions Expert.
Guide to Workplace Pensions – November 2017
The pace of change in DC pensions over the past decade has been anything but leisurely. How can HR professionals keep up? HR teams are now increasingly involved in pension design, delivery and communication; how can they even better engage their staff with pensions and help them navigate an increasingly complex pensions landscape?
Our Guide to Workplace Pensions ebook, produced in partnership with HR Magazine, is designed to allow them to do exactly this. As well as further insight from Aon's Defined Contribution (DC) Scheme Survey it includes engagement tips from HRDs, a pensions checklist, and insight into the future of pensions.
Support wanted - November 2017
Lynda Whitney asks whether DC pension schemes are really giving members what they want.
DC: New twists and turns - September 2017
The FCA Asset Management Review, DB to DC transfers and data protection are just a few of the items discussed on this month's DC roundtable agenda with Pensions Age. Featuring Aon's Lynda Whitney, first published in the September issue of Pensions Age.
Workplace Pensions Report 2017 - May 2017
Distributed recently with The Times, the Workplace Pensions Report examines the ways in which changing regulation has and will influence the pensions landscape highlighting some of the decisions facing employers and members. Download a free copy of the publication in which Aon encourages businesses to take a fresh look at DC pensions.
Now is the time for a fresh look at company pensions - May 2017
As the pensions industry continues to come to terms with enormous changes over the last five years, business leaders are looking again at the defined contribution pension arrangements they’re offering employees. Read our article, first published in the Workplace Pensions Report, distributed with The Times.
DC - pausing for breath - April 2017
The Pensions Age DC roundtable panel welcomes the lack of pensions tinkering in the recent budget, but expects more change on the horizon. Featuring Aon’s Lynda Whitney, first published in Pensions Age.
What do DC members really want? – February 2017
In this article, first published in PMI News, Lynda Whitney examines what help DC members need to understand and achieve their goals.
A risk-focused approach can improve outcomes - February 2017
In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sophie Moore examines why things are tough for those setting investment strategy, and what they can do to improve their outcomes.
Setting goals – January 2017
Be sure of the direction of travel in your DC plan, says Christopher Inman in this article, first published in Pensions World.
Analysing your DC members to deliver better solutions – December 2016
Sophia Singleton explains how the use of member analytics can improve DC schemes’ investment and communication strategies in this article, first published in Pensions Age.
Chris Inman joins Aon DC team
LONDON (29 March 2016) - Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has announced the appointment of Chris Inman to its DC team. He will be on Aon's DC investment committee and responsible for its DC investment advisory service.
A guide to judging value for members
‘Value for money’ and ‘value for members’ are key aims for the Pensions Regulator. In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sophia Singleton examines how trustees can judge what constitutes value.
DC defined – December 2015
What is defined contribution? In this article, first published in Pensions World, Sophia Singleton outlines the main features.
What do members want from DC investments?
In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Anne Swift looks at three groups of defined contribution investors and how to deal with their different levels of engagement when designing their funds.
Better member outcomes: match your actions to your objectives – December 2015
Our DC Survey 2015 shows that there is a significant disconnect between the objectives that DC schemes have in their business plan and the management information they actually receive. In this article, first published in PMI News, Sophia Singleton looks at how this can be addressed.
Aon launches bundled DC services - May 2015
Aon has launched a new service for trust-based defined contribution (DC) schemes which brings together the best of Aon’s DC and investment expertise with BlackRock’s administration services.
Aon poll finds UK employers unsure of their role in guiding members on DC retirement options - April 2015
Employers remain unclear on who should take responsibility for guiding employees on their DC retirement options, says Aon, following a poll of more than 670 benefits leaders, trustees, plan sponsors and HR and finance professionals from Europe, US and Australasia.
What do DC scheme members really want? - February 2015
In this article, first published in Pensions Age, Sophia Singleton of Aon shares the results from its new DC member survey, and examines the implications for scheme sponsors and trustees
Brave new world - January 2015
In the new pensions environment, what do DC members really want? In this article, first published in Engaged Investor, Sophia Singleton shares the results of Aon's new DC member survey.
The evolving DC landscape: challenging times for scheme sponsors and trustees - January 2015
A new survey of DC scheme members by Aon and Cass Business School gives fresh insight into members' priorities and expectations. In this article, first published in PMI News, Sophia Singleton shares some of the survey's findings.
One size no longer fits all - December 2014
In this article, first published in Professional Pensions, Sophia Singleton looks at what the results of Aon's new defined contribution (DC) member survey mean for employers and trustees.
What do DC scheme members really want? - December 2014
In this article, first published in Pensions Age, Sophia Singleton shares the results of our new DC member survey.
Aon launches Delegated DC Services - October 2014
Aon, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has announced the launch of Aon Delegated DC Services for trust based defined contribution (DC) schemes. The service brings together Aon's DC and investment expertise with the aim of positioning DC schemes for more effective investment and better member outcomes
Aon says pensions professionals face a busy end to 2014 - August 2014
UK pension professionals face an exceptionally busy period as they return from the summer holidays to grapple with the far-reaching consequences of the 2014 Budget changes.
Aon welcomes Defined Ambition plans but notes some employers will look to existing options for current pension design issues - June 2014
Aon, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has welcomed the publication of the draft Pension Schemes Bill, including the introduction of Collective DC plans, but says that for some employers, the immediate focus on pension benefit design may be elsewhere.
Aon says Pensions Bill gives green light to Collective DC schemes - June 2014
Aon has welcomed the publication of the draft Pensions Bill and the Department for Work & Pension's (DWP) response to its consultation on Defined Ambition plans, and in particular, the response on the proposed legislation for permitting Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) plans.
Aon says Queen's Speech will pave the way for Collective DC - June 2014
Aon, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has applauded the news that legislation to permit Collective DC pension plan designs in the UK is likely to be included in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday.
Aon Budget poll respondents support increased flexibility for DB members but flag concerns - April 2014
While two-thirds of the pensions professionals who participated in its Budget teleconference indicated that they were supportive of extending flexibility to defined benefit (DB) scheme members, they also had concerns over the potential for members to take poor decisions given the increased flexibility on offer.
Aon post-Budget poll shows DC schemes expect a new era of flexibility - April 2014
Aon has said that a poll of attendees to its post-Budget teleconference indicated that the vast majority of pension schemes are expecting to offer more choices to their members in order to embrace the flexibility outlined in the Chancellor's new pension measures.
Could Collective DC be right for you? - February 2014
Matthew Arends explains why Collective Defined Contribution schemes may represent a desirable alternative to DB and DC and for some, is something that should be considered now.
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