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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

Equity: Make sure you’re wearing shorts when the tide goes out

We have just passed the eighth anniversary of the nadir of equity markets post the Global Financial Crisis (“GFC”) in March 2009. This milestone comes on the back of another year where the S&P 500 surged up over 10%, many active equity managers disappointed (both long only and long/short), and investors piled into passive equity funds at the expense of actively managed funds. Given these conditions, we believe it is worth providing an update on the performance of and the outlook for long/short equity strategies.

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U.S. Plan-Specific Mortality Studies—A Call to Action

In view of recent developments, sponsors of large pension and retiree welfare plans should consider studying their mortality experience during 2017. Mortality studies can empower data-driven decisions about plan design and risk/cost management. For certain U.S. qualified pension plans, these studies can also reduce required cash contributions and insurance premiums in 2018+.

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Overcoming Concerns with Managed Accounts

Managed accounts can offer benefits to many participants over a standard target date fund, but concerns about fiduciary responsibilities and cost remain a barrier. If plan sponsors think holistically about the benefits and follow a process when evaluating and monitoring providers these concerns can be overcome.

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule…Journey for Full Implementation is Set to Begin

This blog is an update to previous blogs regarding the potential changes in the U.S. to the fiduciary obligations required by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 as well as the impact of those changes expected by plan sponsors.

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Onshore Chinese Bonds Enter the Global Bond Universe

China's large onshore bond market is becoming increasingly open and transparent and its entry into bond indices will have a big impact on index composition and, consequently, bond investing. Historically, investors were largely only able to purchase US dollar-denominated bonds issued by the Chinese government and offshore bonds issued in renminbi ('dim sum' bonds). Now, however, the much larger domestic Chinese bond market has become accessible and is set to shake up bond investing.

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Hedge Fund Indices as Benchmarks

This post discusses hedge fund benchmarks. 

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European bank deleveraging regains momentum

This blog highlights the current dispersion in the corporate sector, and the investment opportunities it is creating for event-driven managers. As such, the strategy can offer investors an attractive and relatively idiosyncratic source of return compared to more traditional equity and fixed income assets.

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As the DB Door Closes, the DC Retirement Income Door Opens

The role of defined contribution (DC) plans has been increasing for years. DC plans have moved from being simply supplemental savings vehicles to the primary retirement plan. Is your plan designed to provide withdrawal options to facilitate a retirement withdrawal strategy?

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First Quarter 2017 Market Review and Outlook

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

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What is the effect of superannuation on the Australian Economy?

At AUD 2.1 trillion dollars, Australia’s superannuation assets are greater than the country’s gross domestic product. Would increasing the mandatory contribution rate be good or bad for the Australian economy?

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