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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Debating Active vs. Passive

The debate about active versus passive management is an incredibly polarizing topic, with many well informed experts passionately holding views on opposite extremes. In this blog, we summarize and clarify our views on the debate on active versus passive.

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Aon’s Investment-Related White Papers

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

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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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