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  • 30-January-2009

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    Strategic options to finance pensions and healthcare in a rapidly ageing world

    Policy makers are now facing the challenge of providing a short-term response to the crisis without losing sight of the longer-term structural reforms needed to put pension and healthcare systems on a solid footing in light of population ageing. According to Mr. Gurría, we need pension funds to be more transparent and better regulated but we also need structural reforms in the public pension policies and health care systems.

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  • 27-January-2009

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    Working Paper 32: Pension Fund Investment in Infrastructure

    This paper is designed as an overview piece, discussing if pension funds should invest in infrastructure on a theoretical basis, whether they do in practice, and, if not, how (and if) regulators can encourage and assist them to do so.

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  • 27-January-2009

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    Working Paper 31: Pension Coverage and Informal Sector Workers: International Experiences

    This paper provides an overview of selected country experiences, and provides some suggestions for governments in developing countries considering implementing their own pension reform to ensure that informal sector workers receive the retirement income they need.

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  • 27-January-2009

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    Working Paper 30: Pensions in Africa

    This paper discusses why the development of pension systems is important for the African region. It also looks at the current pension arrangements in selected African countries.

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  • 22-January-2009

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    Business ethics and OECD principles: What can be done to avoid another crisis?

    Mr. Gurría underlined that business ethics should be at the center of any new road-map for the global economy. Markets should not only be more stable, but morally acceptable as well. He said that it is time to reunite ethics and economics through a solid, transparent and updated set of rules.

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  • 16-January-2009

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    Investment guarantees and political risk insurance - Institutions, incentives and development

    Institutional features and policy practices of investment guarantee programmes - institutional features of the public and private segments of the political risk insurance market - issues of potential relevance for the investment policy community. Typically, international investment projects for which such insurance is sought are located in developing countries. In recent years, the value of investment guarantees has averaged about

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  • 8-January-2009

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    Resolutions of Weak Institutions: Lessons Learned from Previous Crises

    The present financial crisis may be added to a growing list of episodes worldwide in which financial sector problems have become systemic in nature. Many OECD countries have been affected, either directly or through the transmission of problems cross-border. Most financial crises share a number of common elements. For instance, financial innovation has often played a role in distress episodes, in many cases, having much to do with

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  • 8-January-2009

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    The Current Financial Crisis: Causes and Policy Issues

    This article treats some ideas and issues that are part of ongoing reflection at the OECD. They were first raised in a major research article for the Reserve Bank of Australia conference in July 2008, and benefited from policy discussion in and around that conference. One fundamental cause of the crisis was a change in the business model of banking, mixing credit with equity culture. When this model was combined with complex

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  • 8-January-2009

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    Lessons from the Financial Market Turmoil: Challenges Ahead for the Finanical Industry and Policy Makers

    This financial crisis, ending a period of search for yield and increased risk-taking, has triggered various policy responses, ranging from more ad-hoc measures initially to more structured and co-ordinated financial sector rescue actions as the crisis evolved. Lessons drawn so far should help to devise longer-term, more encompassing and more consistent policies. Various reforms are being proposed by the financial industry as well as

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  • 8-January-2009

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    Recent Trends in Institutional Investors Statistics

    Data to measure and analyse the increasing role of institutional investors in capital markets has been collected and published by the OECD for a number of years. This dataset is now integrated in the framework of the OECD Financial Accounts. This article presents an overview of institutional investors’ assets, their components and their development in the aggregate and by country.

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