G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
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This new document, developed by the OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE), provides national authorities and other interested bodies with a core questionnaire that can be used to survey levels of financial literacy and detailed guidance on how to implement such a survey.
The ongoing crisis illustrates all too well the importance of trust and confidence for the proper functioning of our financial systems and, in turn, our economies. Consumers are at the heart of the system. They should feel capable, knowledgeable, safe and secure in their dealings with financial services providers and their intermediaries, said Angel Gurría.
This paper examines the role of guarantees in DC pension plans, in particular minimum investment return guarantees during the accumulation phase. The main goal is to assess the cost and benefits of different return guarantees. The report uses a stochastic financial market model where guarantee claims are calculated as a financial derivative in a financial market framework (like e.g. the valuation of a put option). In this context, the
Governments have long-recognised that financial education should start at school and that people should be educated about financial matters as early as possible in their lives. The OECD is developing draft guidelines on financial education at school and accompanying guidance on learning framework.
Transitioning to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy will require significant investment by private sources of capital. Pension funds and other institutional investors can play an important role to play in financing green growth initiatives. This paper examines some of the initiatives that are currently under way around the world to assist and encourage pension funds to help finance green growth.
The OECD conducted an online public consultation on draft high-level principles on consumer protection in the field of financial services which came to an end on 31 August 2011.
Discussions at this high-level international event will focus on critical aspects of the development of a financial education strategy in Indonesia and the challenges related to financial education and inclusion in South East Asia/ASEAN and APEC countries.
This conference focused on how we can help individuals improve their financial knowledge and the way they manage their personal finances.
This paper proposes a framework to help policymakers think about how best develop a national strategy to hedge against the massive economic burden of extreme events that could hit their country tomorrow, focusing specifically on the role that risk transfer mechanisms alternative to traditional insurance can play.