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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Aon’s Investment-Related White Papers

This blog lists many of the major white papers we have written in 2018, including short descriptions and a link to the full papers.

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Big I, Little I or Something In Between

The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation has reached its target of 2%. Where will inflation go from here and how should we, as investors, prepare our portfolios? What strategies are available for hedging inflation and are some more efficient than others?

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Set It and Forgot It? Plan Sponsors Need Hands-On Engagement for Review of Solutions that Allow Participants to be Hands-Off

This blog post explains trends in defined contribution plans about participants’ preferences and plan features. It also provides a criteria for evaluating various characteristics of target date funds and managed accounts. 

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Captive Insurance Company Portfolios - An Investment Agenda for the New Year!

January is a great month for thinking about potential topics to consider for the calendar year’s upcoming board and investment committee meetings. There are still a large number of captive insurers using a “hands off” approach to managing their investments, rarely, if ever, reassessing whether asset managers, investment allocations, and processes are functioning as well as they could be.  We believe a focused look at “investments” is a good use of at least some committee time in 2019.

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Comparing Risk Parity strategies: How to Benchmark Returns when Returns are Not Targeted

This blog post introduces the risk parity strategy, describing its main investment approach and intent. The post also compares various benchmarking strategies, and explains the difficulties related to evaluating performance of managers in this space.

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2019 a year for better or worse?

This blog post characterises a 2019 market outlook with four questions, the answers to which will have a bearing on what sort of a year this is.

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When will the Fed stop hiking rates

Aon explains their expectations of the US Federal Reserve’s guidance and what this means for future rate increases. Aon also takes the recently observed economic growth metrics and puts them in context with respect to the market cycle.

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Defined Contribution Recordkeepers—Current Trends

Recordkeeping continues to be a competitive industry, as vendors invest in technology and look for ways to differentiate themselves. When evaluating a vendor’s performance, or conducting a vendor search, we believe plan sponsors should look beyond fees and consider whether their participants have access to new products and services. 

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Will Your Employees Be Retirement Ready?

The Real Deal: 2018 Retirement Income Adequacy at U.S. Plan Sponsors study provides powerful insights into retirement savings behavior and investment experience at U.S. private-sector plan sponsors. The 2018 study offers insight into the overall retirement readiness of U.S. workers and a benchmark for employers across 28 different industries as they measure the effectiveness and sufficiency of their programs.

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Private Equity Strategy Performance Comparisons – How Important is Strategy Diversification?

Tom Wyss is a Senior Consultant on Aon’s private equity team in Chicago.

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