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Aon Retirement and Investment Blog

Big I, Little I or Something In Between

The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation has reached its target of 2%. Where will inflation go from here and how should we, as investors, prepare our portfolios? What strategies are available for hedging inflation and are some more efficient than others?

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Set It and Forgot It? Plan Sponsors Need Hands-On Engagement for Review of Solutions that Allow Participants to be Hands-Off

This blog post explains trends in defined contribution plans about participants’ preferences and plan features. It also provides a criteria for evaluating various characteristics of target date funds and managed accounts. 

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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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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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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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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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Jerome Powell’s First FOMC meeting

Aon’s Global Asset Allocation Team summarizes the key take-aways from the Fed Meeting and why Aon still prefers Global Equities to Fixed Income

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Tariffs on steel and aluminum… and why they matter

Aon’s Global Asset Allocation Team take a look at the potential impacts from the recent announcement of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum by the U.S.

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AA View: Italian 2018 Elections

Aon’s Global Asset Allocation Team provides an outlook on the 2018 Italian elections and how it may affect market volatility.  

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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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