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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

As the DB Door Closes, the DC Retirement Income Door Opens

The role of defined contribution (DC) plans has been increasing for years. DC plans have moved from being simply supplemental savings vehicles to the primary retirement plan. Is your plan designed to provide withdrawal options to facilitate a retirement withdrawal strategy?

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First Quarter 2017 Market Review and Outlook

Aon Hewitt’s Global Asset Allocation team provides a market review and outlook.   

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What is the effect of superannuation on the Australian Economy?

At AUD 2.1 trillion dollars, Australia’s superannuation assets are greater than the country’s gross domestic product. Would increasing the mandatory contribution rate be good or bad for the Australian economy?

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A Rising Tide in the US Pension Risk Transfer Marketplace

This blog entry discusses 2016 U.S pension risk transfer market activity, which has been steadily growing since 2012, when landmark transactions executed by General Motors and Verizon helped cultivate the marketplace.

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Japan Update: Private DC is on the Rise

In Japan, legislative changes broadening the eligibility of private DC pension plans came into effect from January 1, 2017. This briefing note covers reactions in the market and implications for employers. 

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The Big Picture for Hedge Fund Returns

Hedge funds have generally underperformed over the past five years; however, we believe there are reasons to believe that equities and bonds will not be able to duplicate their strong performance going forward. A longer term perspective indicates that hedge funds have the ability to generate attractive returns on both a risk adjusted basis and as compared to stocks and bonds.

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US Corporate Pensions Year in Review: 2016 Trends and 2017 Opportunities

US Corporate Pensions Year in Review: 2016 Trends and 2017 Opportunities

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Aon Hewitt Investment-Related White Papers

This blog lists many of the major white papers Aon Hewitt has recently published about investments, including short descriptions and a link to the full papers.

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule…The Journey Continues

This post highlights the potential changes to the fiduciary obligations required by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 as well as the impact of those changes expected by plan sponsors.

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Putting Watch Lists on Watch?

“Watch lists” are a controversial topic in the world of institutional investing. We examine their practice and suggest potential improvements. 

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