|Financial Engines to Serve as Independent Sub-Advisor and Provide Advisory Platform to Support New Service
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., March 8, 2011 -- Aon Hewitt, the global human resources consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AON), today announced that it will introduce a fully integrated advisory program to its 401(k) recordkeeping clients as it continues to focus on offering services to help improve financial security for American workers.
Under the relationship, Aon Hewitt Financial Advisors, LLC, an Aon Hewitt subsidiary, will serve as the provider of investment advisory services and serve as the fiduciary of the advice and management provided. After a careful search, Financial Engines was selected to serve as the independent sub-advisor and will provide the advisory platform to deliver the service, expanding the established strategic alliance between Aon Hewitt and Financial Engines.
"Our research (1) shows that just 18 percent of workers are on track to meet their retirement savings needs," said Scott Parry, leader of Aon Hewitt Financial Advisors. "Those employees who are falling short often make fundamental investing mistakes such as taking on inappropriate risk or not diversifying their portfolios that could easily be corrected given high-quality advice and management. By integrating the Financial Engines advisory platform into our broader administrative solution, we can deliver more personalized advice and management to 401(k) participants to help them avoid these pitfalls. This new service reflects our commitment to provide our clients with the right tools to help their workers save for retirement."
The service will give participants whose companies choose Aon Hewitt for administration of their savings plan access to Financial Engines' full suite of services including Online Advice and Professional Management. Aon Hewitt's experience with pension and retiree medical plans is integrated with the solution to offer the total retirement picture to plan participants. Additionally, for workers who enroll in Aon Hewitt's Professional Management program, registered investment representatives will provide personalized advice including help with savings, managing risk-appropriate portfolios, identifying their income needs in retirement, and turning their 401(k) savings into steady lifetime income.
"As the nation's largest independent Registered Investment Advisor, we are committed to making retirement help broadly available to America's workers," explained Larry Raffone, executive vice president of Financial Engines. "We are excited that Aon Hewitt will deliver this service to more of its clients and we are proud to have been selected to partner with them to provide much needed retirement help to the full spectrum of investors."
Aon Hewitt will introduce this service to defined contribution clients immediately. Aon Hewitt and Financial Engines will continue to support the delivery of advisory services under existing client agreements (2) whereby Financial Engines provides advisory services directly to Aon Hewitt clients.
About Aon Hewitt
Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.
Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing. Through its more than 59,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to deliver distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. Aon's industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered locally in over 120 countries. Named the world's best broker by Euromoney magazine's 2008, 2009 and 2010 Insurance Survey, Aon also ranked highest on Business Insurance's listing of the world's insurance brokers based on commercial retail, wholesale, reinsurance and personal lines brokerage revenues in 2008 and 2009. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on revenues in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Aon was voted best insurance intermediary 2007-2010, best reinsurance intermediary 2006-2010, best captives manager 2009-2010, and best employee benefits consulting firm 2007-2009 by the readers of Business Insurance. Visit http://www.aon.com for more information on Aon and http://www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.
(1) Aon Hewitt Retirement Income Adequacy at Large Companies: The Real Deal 2010.
(2) Existing clients includes current relationships and certain designated 2011 engagements.