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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

The Changing Face of Emerging Market – Technology

This blog entry discusses developments in the emerging markets equity space, where a handful of companies have grown significantly in size, and the composition of benchmark exposure has changed. ‘Traditional’ Emerging Market sectors such as Energy and Materials have fallen in benchmark weight, whilst the Information Technology sector has increased. This blog introduces some of the companies that have caused these changes, and describes some of the implications of this evolving opportunity set.

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Responsible Investing

Recently, Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting has seen an uptick in global interest in Responsible Investing. More than anything, institutional investors want to know how Responsible Investing (“RI”) may be applicable to their public or corporate pension, endowment, foundation, defined contribution plan or other investment entity. To help answer some essential questions about Responsible Investing, we’ve created a short animated video blog. In it, you’ll find information on the four main types of RI, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, Impact Investing, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), and Mission Related Investing, as well as how RI may potentially enhance returns, reduce volatility, or allow investors to “do good while doing well." 

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Watch our video on responsible investing!

This post includes a short video on responsible investing. 

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The U.S. DOL Fiduciary Rule…Delayed Again, But Which Provisions?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delayed full implementation of the controversial “new rule” regarding fiduciary advice.

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Tax Reform: Potential Impact on Colleges and Universities: What should endowment fiduciaries do?

For private universities and colleges, the specter of taxation has finally arrived front and center with the unveiled tax proposal in Congress, approved by The House and Ways Committee on November 9. This blog entry discussing the implications proposed changes would have on private universities and colleges.

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What is MiFID II and who does it impact?

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) will take effect in January 2018. It is a wide ranging piece of legislation potentially impacting the trading, reporting, client servicing and technology of EU-based asset managers, principally aiming to ensure transparency and oversight within the investment industry. Asset managers will require a choice that relates to the unbundling of research costs in passing those costs along to investors or paying research costs that were historically bundled with trading costs. This piece explores the impact on EU-based investment managers as well as investment managers with EU-based clients domiciled elsewhere.

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Third Quarter 2017 Market Review and Outlook

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

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Trump Tax Plan 2.0: Fiscal Policy Turns From Drag to Tailwind?

In this blog post we explore the impact of the proposed US tax reform, and looser fiscal policy globally on the US economy and asset markets.

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Game Changer: Pension Funding and Tax Reform

On September 28, 2017, the “Big Six” Republican tax negotiators outlined their tax reform goals in the “Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code.” While not definitive, the document puts some important parameters around what the Trump administration and congressional Republicans hope to achieve by overhauling the US tax code.

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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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