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Aon Hewitt Retirement and Investment Blog

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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A Rising Tide in the US Pension Risk Transfer Marketplace

This blog entry discusses 2016 U.S pension risk transfer market activity, which has been steadily growing since 2012, when landmark transactions executed by General Motors and Verizon helped cultivate the marketplace.

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Japan Update: Private DC is on the Rise

In Japan, legislative changes broadening the eligibility of private DC pension plans came into effect from January 1, 2017. This briefing note covers reactions in the market and implications for employers. 

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The Big Picture for Hedge Fund Returns

Hedge funds have generally underperformed over the past five years; however, we believe there are reasons to believe that equities and bonds will not be able to duplicate their strong performance going forward. A longer term perspective indicates that hedge funds have the ability to generate attractive returns on both a risk adjusted basis and as compared to stocks and bonds.

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US Corporate Pensions Year in Review: 2016 Trends and 2017 Opportunities

US Corporate Pensions Year in Review: 2016 Trends and 2017 Opportunities

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