Financial markets, insurance and pensions

In focus

  • Pension markets in focus

    This annual report reviews trends in the financial performance of pension funds, including investment returns and asset allocation. The 2015 edition also includes analysis of the extent to which data available show whether pension funds are involved in a “search for yield”.

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  • Corporate finance and productivity

    One of the puzzles of the post-crisis period is low observed aggregate productivity growth. This report dissects the problem using the company and sector value-added data of more than 11,000 of the world’s largest listed non-financial and non-real-estate companies, taken from 20 different industry sectors.

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  • The financial markets outlook

    The global economy is caught between two major headwinds: the reversal of the investment-heavy commodity supercycle; and the "L-shaped" recovery in advanced economies caused by the aftermath of the financial crisis and the interaction of re‐regulation with low and negative interest rates. This report analyses these issues and presents a financial outlook.

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OECD work on financial markets promotes efficient, open, stable and sound market-oriented financial systems, based on high levels of transparency, confidence, and integrity

Institutional investors and long-term investment

The increasingly short supply of long-term capital since the 2008 financial crisis has profound implications for growth and financial stability. This project encourages institutional investors to act in their long-term capacity.


Sovereign debt and financial stability

‌In-depth analysis addresses the financial market dimension of sovereign debt challenges to assist policymakers in designing, adopting, and implementing appropriate policies.


Financial sector guarantees

‌Guarantees have become an instrument of first choice for addressing multiple financial policy objectives. These reports analyse guarantees in light of ongoing market developments, incoming data and related analysis and discussions.

Financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles to boost financial consumer protection. These principles form part of a broader initiative by G20 leaders to strengthen trust and confidence in the financial sector.


Monitoring sovereign borrowing

Trends and developments associated with sovereign borrowing requirements and debt levels from the perspective of debt managers.


Financial market trends

Trends and prospects in the international and major domestic financial markets and structural issues and developments in financial markets and the financial sector.