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Legal action casts doubt on Aon-WTW merger

The long-awaited mega-merger between two global financial services giants, Aon and Willis Towers Watson, has hit a major snag as the US Department of Justice moved to block the transaction. In a statement last week (June 16), the Department of Justice (DOJ) says it had “filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today to block Aon’s [US]$30…

David Chaplin | 18th Jun 2021 | More
WTW laboratory for ‘new breed’ of manager

Willis Towers Watson has formed a working group to assess the potential for what it calls a ‘new breed’ of investment management firm that invests across the equity spectrum, from private to public markets. The working group, bringing together researchers from both sectors within WTW, was established in March. The global asset consulting firm believes…

Greg Bright | 7th May 2021 | More
After 40 years: Michael Rice reflects on super’s evolution

Michael Rice officially entered the wind-down period of his career last Friday (April 30) with the completion of the sale of Rice Warner, now to be known as Deloitte Superannuation. All but a handful of administrative staff transferred, moving out of the heritage-listed 2 Martin Place office, around the corner and a few hundred metres…

Greg Bright | 30th Apr 2021 | More
  • The state of the pension fund world

    The world’s major pension systems enjoyed their strongest year, last year, for growth compared to GDP, since 1998. The bad news, of course, is that the average 11.2 per cent rise for many countries this helped by stalling or falling GDP. The annual ‘Global Pension Assets Study, 2021’ from the Thinking Ahead Institute based in…

    Greg Bright | 19th Feb 2021 | More
    ‘Active value growth’: why alpha is better

    Investors should increase allocations to active management strategies against an increasingly uncertain global backdrop, according to a new Willis Towers Watson (WTW) report. It is a “cyclically fertile ground for alpha”. The WTW analysis, ‘Outlook 2021’, says “skilled active management offers growing value for money” as a number of factors converge to add risk to…

    David Chaplin | 10th Feb 2021 | More
    King back to Sovereign … and a more relaxed lifestyle

    Ray King, the veteran asset consultant, has finished up a four-year stint at IOOF, where he had been assisting with its relatively small alternatives portfolio. He will now be concentrating on his private Sovereign Investment Research work and taking more time out for grandchildren and travel. While IOOF has let a good number of people…

    Investor Strategy News | 5th Dec 2020 | More
  • The real movers and shakers among asset owners

    Thanks largely to the mega funds of Japan, China, and Singapore, the Asia Pacific region heads the world in the concentration of the top 100 fiduciary investment organisations. And these funds are increasingly changing the philosophies and investment styles of all funds. A report published last week by the Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI), the independent…

    Investor Strategy News | 20th Nov 2020 | More