|09.00 - 09.10
Welcome and opening comments
Emily McGuire, Aon
|09.10 - 9.35
Investing and covenant
How does investment strategy change when a scheme’s covenant takes a turn for the worse? How should trustees approach investment strategy setting? What impact does the funding level have? This session will look at an example of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) in practice.
Mark Cliff, 2020
|9.35 - 10.10
Inputting investment into your schemes long-term funding target
Recent regulation changes now requires trustees and sponsors to recognise and put in place a long-term funding target for their plans. In this session, we examine what our clients are doing to meet this demand and consider how factors such as your scheme’s maturity and liquidity profile can influence the journey planning process.
In addition, we will look at various investment strategy considerations to ensure your assets are transaction-ready when needed, in order to get the most attractive pricing from insurers.
Lucy Barron and Michael Walker, Aon
|10.25 - 10.55
Responsible Investing – The new normal
Over the past 18 months, responsible investment has moved from an outlier to a mainstay of the pensions industry. The concept is now being incorporated across asset classes and strategies, such as factor investing.
In this session, we look at the practicalities of integrating ESG and the key issues trustees may engage with and adopt as the responsible investment space continues to evolve.
Jennifer O'Neill, Aon
|10.55 – 11.30
Niche thinking: Fireside chats
Achieving stable and efficient returns is one of the biggest responsibilities facing pension schemes today. Meeting this task is no mean feat so trustees are on the hunt for investments with strong risk return profiles that also provide new and diversified sources of return.
In this session, we look at three niche investment ideas which can offer uncorrelated returns to your portfolio.
Forestry Oliver Hamilton, Aon
Bank capital relief Stuart Tipton, Aon
China Lucinda Downing, Aon
|11.50 - 12.10
Workshop breakout session
Choose between two workshop sessions:
1) Open Surgery: ask the experts
This session offers you the opportunity to ask questions that will be directly answered by our investment experts that work with pension schemes of your size. Ask our panellists about the latest industry trends, pension regulation, investment strategy, private markets, de-risking and more.
2) Geopolitical and global economy overview
Hear from our experts on a range of areas relating to the geopolitical and economic backdrop including our medium-term outlook, views on geo-economic global tensions, Brexit and the current political environment.
|12:15 – 12:40
Cyber risks in the asset chain
Cyber risk is often most closely associated with threats to member data and GDPR consequences, but can also create risks to assets. In this session we explore some of the cyber risks in the asset chain, the consequences of those risks, and what schemes can do to mitigate them.
Vanessa-Jane Jaeger, Aon and Paul McGlone, Aon
|12:40 – 13:10
Championing investment costs for our clients
Trustees have historically faced major challenges in obtaining the asset management costs they incur for their scheme, particularly on a consistent and standardised basis.
However proposed remedies are now available for use, enabling trustees to exert greater competitive pressure on asset managers. In this session, we explore how trustees can understand, contextualise and ultimately challenge their asset management costs and look at who really benefits from improved cost transparency and how.
Ritesh Singhania, ClearGlass and Neil Smith, Aon
|13:10 – 13:15
Emily McGuire, Aon