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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

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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Currency hedging in New Zealand

New Zealand investors typically invest on a global basis, using overseas assets to diversify returns and gain access to assets outside New Zealand. While this is beneficial, it does expose investors to exchange rate movements.  We favour a base position of 100% hedged for Global Bonds (and other defensive asset classes) and 50% hedged for Global Shares.

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Lines of Credit in Private Equity Funds

This blog discusses short term financing through lines of credit; why this has become more prevalent and the ways in which they are used has evolved. 

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MSCI EM Index Changes

Like many index providers, MSCI periodically reviews the structure and constituents of their indices. This blog discusses the recent changes to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and additional changes forthcoming.

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Do Emerging Market Equities Still Provide Upside for Investors?

Whether you have exposure to emerging markets or not we argue in this blog that EMs will continue to be a major driver of global financial markets. We also argue that over the medium term, improving return on equity, higher economic growth, and attractive valuations will mean that emerging markets should significantly outperform developed markets.

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No Fiduciary Duty to Choose ‘Cheapest’ Investment Fund

The blog discusses the noteworthy ruling of the District Court for Minnesota in the case of Meiners v. Wells Fargo & Company in what is one of the few, recent instances where the court ruled in favor of the financial institution.

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Hedge Fund Fee Structures

This is a follow-up to the blog entry we recently published, authored by Brad Gilbert or the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, discussing their views on hedge fund fee structures. This post provides Aon Hewitt’s commentary on TRS’s post. 

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