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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

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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Third Quarter 2018 Market Review and Outlook

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

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Third Quarter 2018 Market Review and Outlook

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

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AA View: What is behind rising US Bond Yields?

US bond yields have risen significantly this year, and we ask why yields have been rising. On a bond market fundamentals basis, rising real interest rates appear the strongest driver. Inflation expectations remain contained. We also look at possible demand weakness and higher supply as causes of recent US treasury weakness. Rising currency hedging costs may deter some foreign demand, but this is not reflected in the data as of yet, and probably marginal in its impact. 

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AA View: Is it time to buy?

This year has seen an abrupt sell-off in emerging market (EM) equities, debt and local currency. We believe that investors need to differentiate between idiosyncratic and systematic risks. We think that this episode has more in common with the 2014 taper tantrum than the 1997 Asian crisis and suggest that investors use the weakness to build long-term strategic allocations to EM equities.

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