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Long-term capital is in short supply and has become increasingly so since the 2008 financial crisis. This has profound implications for growth and financial stability. The OECD is exploring these issues in depth.
Financial Market Trends focuses on financial markets and structural issues in the financial sector. This includes financial market regulation, bond markets and public debt management, insurance and private pensions, as well as financial statistics.
Adrian Blundell-Wignall is the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Financial Markets and Deputy Director in the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the OECD.
OECD working papers on finance, insurance and private pensions address such policy issues as risk management, governance, types of investments, benefit protection and financial education.
Published annually, Pension Markets in Focus reports on the role and functioning of private pension arrangements in OECD and non-OECD countries. It identifies trends in private pension financial indicators such as asset growth, investment strategies, rate of returns, and solvency, as well as providing a cross-country evaluation of the extent of the coverage of private pension systems.
This paper identifies the main trends in long-term financial intermediation focusing on the role of institutional investors in providing long-term finance for growth and development. It also highlights infrastructure as one specific sector that is facing major challenges in long-term financing.
This project measures and monitors the pension industry, allowing inter-country comparisons of current statistics and indicators on key aspects of retirement systems.
Pension fund assets achieved high returns in almost all OECD countries in 2012, with a real return greater than 5% in 18 countries, according to the 2013 edition of Pension Markets in Focus.
The 2013 Global Forum focused on a number of critical policy, regulatory and supervisory issues affecting private and public pension provision in the Asia region.
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After showing an average negative rate of return on investment across the OECD zone in 2011, pension fund assets achieved high returns in almost all OECD countries in 2012, with a real return greater than 5% in 18 countries, according to the latest edition of Pension Markets in Focus.