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This article looks at the stages of crisis management and some of the different degrees of transparency on losses and risks in the US and Europe. It also compares alternative approaches to dealing with impaired assets used in the USA and Europe. Exposure to off-balance losses remains a key issue. Europe, surprisingly, has been and remains the major issuer of collateralised synthetic obligations that have been so prominent in the
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OECD Good Practices on Financial Education and Awareness Relating to Credit, OECD, 2009
Financial markets and services are playing a greater social and economic role in the daily life of the average individual. One of the challenges is to move from raising awareness on financial issues to actually changing consumers’ behaviours, notably by integrating financial literacy into school curricula, according to Mr. Gurría.
If we consider the rapid pace of financial innovation, the growing complexity of financial products, and the increasing amount and size of financial risks and responsibilities transferred to households, consumers need to be better equipped to make good, informed and rational financial decisions, according to Mr Gurría.
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Government provision of a safety net for financial institutions has been a key element of the policy response to the current crisis. In the process, existing guarantees have been expanded and new ones introduced, including, in particular, in relation to bank liabilities. Among other things, such guarantees create costs that arise as a result of potential distortions of incentives and competition. To limit such distortions it is
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In the wake of a dramatic financial crisis and with the first waves of baby boomers approaching retirement we hardly need to think about how best arrive at the pension funds’ payout phase. This paper argues that there is a urgent need to raise retirement saving, to reduce defined contribution plan members’ exposure to investment risks and to provide the financial industry with cheap and safe payout instruments. These challenges are
This conference focused on corporate governance of insurance companies, the role of financial intermediaries in financial education and annuities and pension.
In the midst of the deepest and most synchronised recession in our lifetimes, OECD's Gurría encourages a policy response which addresses the social impact of the crisis and repairs the financial system.
The current financial crisis has had a major impact on global pension assets, with the OECD estimating declines of $5.4tn (over 20%) at the end of 2008. This is putting pressure on funding levels for defined benefit (DB) pension plans, and has served a severe blow to members of defined contribution (DC) plans close to retirement, denting confidence in many DC systems. This paper discusses responses to current financial and economic
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This paper discusses responses to current financial and economic crisis by regulators, supervisors and policy makers in the area of private pensions. These responses are examined in the light of international guidelines, best practices and recommendations to improve the design of private pensions.