Willis Towers Watson
Acquirers Again Underperformed the Broader Market in 2019
Dealmakers' share-price performance trailed the MSCI World Index by five points, and deal volume sank as tensions left companies in wait-and-see mode.
Pension Plans’ Struggles Continue Despite Big Investment Gains
While 2019 was a banner year for returns, low interest rates prevented plan sponsors from meaningfully improving their funded states.
Share Prices Plummet Following Divestitures in 2019
Almost two-thirds of companies are seeing their stock prices underperform industry benchmarks, with the average underperformance at 7%.
Pay Increases to Remain Flat in 2020: Study
Employers are setting aside more for discretionary bonuses to top performers.
M&A Market Guts Shareholder Value in Second Quarter
Shares of deal-making companies worldwide underperform MSCI stock indices for a record seventh consecutive quarter.
Aon Not Pursuing Willis Towers Watson Deal
Due to media speculation, Aon was forced to disclose it was in the preliminary stages of an all-share deal.
The Link Between Divestitures and Share-Price Malaise
An extensive study counterintuitively reveals that a majority of divestitures are accompanied by lagging stock performance for the divesting firm.
Female Pay Discount Doesn’t Go to the Very Top
At large companies, male CFOs tend to earn more money than their female counterparts. The opposite is true for chief executives.
M&A Didn’t Add Value in 2018. How About 2019?
While acquiring companies have underperformed stock indexes for the past two years, the outlook for M&A may be brightening.
A Finance Chief’s Practical View of Robotics and AI
Intelligent automation boosts both day-to-day finance functions and the quality of finance's strategic insight, says Willis Towers Watson's Michael Burwell.
Acquisitions Boost Short-Term Stock Value
While there are different ways to measure the success of M&A deals, shortly after deals close investors tend to expect they'll deliver incremental value.