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Aon International Retirement Monthly Newsletter – April 2020

I hope you are doing well, wherever you are and whatever challenges continue in your region. Whilst many of us are still getting used to social distancing and true remote working for the first time, we still have plenty of live and recorded content for you from across the globe. Meanwhile, please do let us know of any feedback or what you'd like to hear more of.

From Colin Haines, Partner, International Retirement & Investment


International Pension Plan – Resilience Survey: live

We have launched a seven-minute survey to gauge responses taken by employers amid the COVID-19 pandemic in respect of their IPPs covering communication, contribution/premium flexibility, benefit flexibility, investment issues and IPP supplier business continuity. Click here to participate and receive a report of our findings, so you can gauge your position in the market. Please respond by 8 May.

US DC Employer Survey: findings published

Summary findings from Aon’s 2020 survey "Driving DC Plan Success" are now available. You may also like to watch our recent webinar on Creating the DC Plan of the Future where we discuss the results.

UK and US Risk Settlement Market Reviews 2020

Here, we review themes over the last year and discuss the driving forces (besides COVID-19) we see shaping pensions risk settlement activity in 2020 and beyond. Click here for the UK report and here for the US report.

Global Pension Risk Survey 2019: all results published

A reminder that results and insights from all countries/regions are now available via the global page. Please feel free to contact your regular Aon consultant to discuss survey findings.


A reminder that we have a comprehensive global website on the topic. If you missed our special edition of this International Retirement newsletter earlier this month, click here to view.

For employers who would like to provide some financial wellness support to their workforce during this troubling time, we have been running a number of live webinars for employees on managing personal finances. If this is of interest to you, please feel free to contact us for more information (click here for APAC and here for rest of world).

There have also been various webinars and thought leadership content published globally, including the following focused on COVID-19 (click for recordings/slides and articles):

  1. Global article: Viral Volatility: Market Actions and Reactions
  2. EMEA: Aon's COVID-19 Response Webinar – Investment Focus; also, a statement from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issuing guiding principles to EU/EEA plans amidst the pandemic
  3. UK: We also have UK-focused retirement content here with links to support pension schemes and trustees in their response to the coronavirus pandemic, and in planning more generally for crises that may have an impact on employers, schemes, trustees and members.
  4. Germany webinars: "Aon Expertentalks" on cost management, retirement plan design and other considerations through the COVID-19 crisis (German with English summaries available)
  5. Ireland webinar: COVID-19 and implications for Irish Pension Schemes
  6. Norway – Aon’s retirement team in Norway have run a webinar (in Norwegian) on how pension plan benefits will be affected under COVID-19, and to highlight new legal amendments that allow pension membership to continue without contributions or premiums. Contact us for more information.
  7. US webinar: Uncharted Territory – Managing Investments in a Volatile World Investment; plus an article on the impact of the virus on US retirement plans
  8. Canada webinar: Navigating the Investment Landscape Amidst COVID-19


Singapore: Hot Topics Webinars: 19 and 20 May

The session will explore the recently announced CPF and retirement age changes in Singapore, plus employer retirement trends in Singapore including local Section 5 Plans and also International Pension Plans for non-CPF eligible employees. We will also look at financial wellbeing support for employees to reduce money stress and promote mental health, and the session will include a Q&A. Click here to register for either date.

Japan: Actuarial Valuation Webinars: 28 and 29 May

Join Aon Japan's retirement leader Tomo Soga and colleagues for latest thoughts around valuing defined benefit plans. Click here to register for either date.

IEBA Annual Conference, Brussels: Rescheduled

The International Employee Benefits Association's 20th Annual Conference, originally to be held in March, will now be held in Brussels at the same venue on 22 and 23 September 2020. Click here to view details on IEBA's website.

International Hot Topics Seminars: Replacement one-to-ones available

We regret that with the ongoing situation in the UK we have had to cancel the upcoming in-person seminars which included one combined session on the Netherlands and Switzerland (6 May), and another combined session on France/Italy/Spain/Portugal (7 July).

However, please do contact us if you would like to arrange a one-to-one conversation with our local experts in one or more of these locations – this invitation is, of course, open globally!


Don't forget to subscribe to Aon's retirement podcast channel! Here you can find a number of podcasts which include further insights from the UK DC Survey 2020, with this month's topics being investment charges in besokpe schemes, and financial wellbeing and member communications – a particularly relevant theme in today's market volatility.

You may also like to view the following webinar replays:

  1. Netherlands – Over 100 clients tuned in to our webinar with Dutch retirement experts Heleen Vaandrager and Ronald Hagoort to hear about the far-reaching changes coming in over the next couple of years. Click here for a replay of the 1 April session, or here for slides.
  2. UK 2020 Pensions Conference series – our sessions originally planned for a UK-wide roadshow were moved online, into bite-sized sessions which are available for viewing here .
  3. UK Funding Code Consultation: Aon experts address the announcement of The Pensions Regulator's long-awaited consultation on the principles behind a revised Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.
  4. UK DC Pension Survey: How do you measure up? Webinar sharing first-hand insights into the findings of our new survey.

Let us know if you'd like any more info on these webinars or to contact the speakers.


Visit the Retirement and Investment Solutions page for more insights.

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