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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Second Quarter 2018 Market Review and Outlook

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

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2018 U.S. Annuity Settlement Market Update

The paper provides a detailed overview of the growing pension annuity settlement marketplace which is increasingly being utilized by pension sponsors to manage cost and risk.

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Telling the Truth on Trade

US tariff-raising moves challenge the long-held conventional wisdom on free trade. In this blog post we look at how trade has worked, focusing on the US-China trade relationship and three trade 'truths' explain why we are where we are with such polarized opinions.

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Responsible Investing Survey

As part of our ongoing effort to provide information about Responsible Investing best practices, Aon conducted a survey of 223 global investors over a four month period. We analyzed the results to determine what steps defined contribution plans, public pensions, foundations and endowments and corporate pensions are taking to incorporate RI into their investment theses. This blog highlights our top 10 findings.

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Direct Lending: An Investment Opportunity Within Private Debt

This paper discusses a growing segment of the private debt market, which Aon believes could be a potential fit for certain portfolios. The current market dynamics are favorable for direct lending as historical players are leaving the market, driven partially by shifting regulations.  Key risks and considerations are also identified.

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AA View: will an Italian crisis turn in to a Euro-Area one?

Could the Italian political crisis turn in to a Euro-zone one? We argue that whilst Italy is far more important to Europe and the Global economy than Greece the risk of Italy leaving the Euro is low. However, tensions may get worse before they get better.

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Aon Introduces Qualitative ESG Ratings for Buy-Rated Funds

As Responsible Investing (“RI”) continues to gain traction among institutional investors globally, Aon continues to expand our RI client toolkit to meet a diverse set of investor needs in this rapidly-developing area.

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Blockchain: A State of Affairs in Financial Services

This blog considers the potential impact of distributed ledger technology on institutional investors.  In order to convey the information presented, we’ve assumed a basic level of understanding about distributed ledger technology.

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Not all bad for equities but support is weaker

This blog updates our current thoughts on equity markets. A lot has changed in the last 12 months, and this blog considers these changes and frames our view in light of how the world has moved on.

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Hedge Fund Fees are Falling!

Nearly every other week we hear of a hedge fund manager offering their investors fee discounts, albeit often with reduced liquidity terms.  In this blog, we dive deeper into how various segments of hedge fund fees are falling.

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