Aon Wealth Insights Series Conference Held

18th September 2023

Posted In: FYI

Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm, was recently joined by the Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform and President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, as well as business leaders from across Europe for a high-level investment conference in Dublin.

The Aon Wealth Insights Series conference brought together over 100 leading industry commentators, policymakers and decision-makers from the business and investment community to discuss the geopolitical and economic challenges impacting investment decisions in Europe and how best to seize new opportunities that lie ahead.

With €3.2 trillion in assets, Euro Area pension funds play a key role in financial markets as institutional investors.[1] In Ireland, Irish pension funds grew their asset base by 9% over the first quarter of 2023 to €128 billion.[2] The two-day conference provided industry leaders with clarity on the decisions that can maximise the performance of pension and investment funds while ensuring that they integrate Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) within their strategies through responsible investing.

Minister Donohoe spoke about the path forward for European economic and budgetary policy so that investment leaders and asset manager can make decisions with the long-term outlook in mind.

Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform and President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe said: “Securing greater levels of private sector investment in Europe’s economy is one of the core priorities of the Eurogroup. Private capital is a key enabler to funding a greener, digital and more competitive Europe and investing in the continent’s future potential. However, economic certainty and stability is required to unlock increased private sector investment.

“The gathering of prominent investors and global experts at Aon in Dublin is an important opportunity to showcase the efforts being taken to further strengthen the competitiveness of the euro zone and map out Europe’s economic and fiscal future. By working together, governments and investors can help enhance the resilience of both the Irish and European economy and forge a pathway to economic prosperity.”

Rachael Ingle, CEO, Aon Ireland (pictured) said: “We’re delighted to bring influential investors here to Dublin for the Aon Wealth Insights conference.

Over the past 30 years, Ireland has emerged as a key investment and financial hub in Europe with a unique pool of expertise and skills that has helped the sector to thrive.

“However, new risks are emerging which investors must prepare and plan for. From market volatility and higher interest rates to policy and geopolitical change across the continent, these challenges will directly impact retirement and investment funds.

“Through this two-day gathering of Europe’s investment community, our team at Aon can help mitigate these risks and seize new opportunities that are emerging. With ESG high on the agenda for leaders in every sector, responsible investing can help ensure that investors provide strong, long-term, and sustainable returns for the people and communities they serve.

“As we look ahead, our team of experts at Aon will help to provide the clarity that business and investment leaders will need to grow their investment portfolio in Europe.”

Other keynote speakers at the Aon Wealth Insights event in Dublin included the Nick Ashmore, Director of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) who outlined the importance of investing for impact while Paul Rangecroft, CEO of Wealth Solutions at Aon gave his perspectives on the global investment outlook.