Pension funds staged a partial recovery in the first half of 2009, generating investment returns of 3.5% in nominal terms. But, as of 30 June 2009, total pension funds assets still remained 14% below their December 2007 levels, according to the latest edition of OECD Pensions Markets in Focus.
The OECD and the World Bank - at the occasion of the OECD/IOPS Global Forum on Private Pensions, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - today announced the preliminary results of their project evaluating the financial performance of pension funds around the world.
The Global Forum examined reform progress and recent pension fund industry developments in Brazil and the Latin American region, focusing on the main challenges facing defined contribution privately-managed individual pension schemes which are the main type of retirement arrangements in the region, including risk- transfer and the design of pay-out phase.
The financial crisis required governments to make massive interventions in their financial systems. This book sets out priorities for reforming incentives in financial markets as well as for phasing out these emergency measures.
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This report addresses the question of ageing societies from a perspective that integrates implications and solutions for both healthcare and pensions, whereas most reports look separately at one or the other. The report focuses on opportunities, whereas most previous ones have focused primarily on risks. Finally, the report provides an overview of a broad set of practical solutions, ranging from the existing, but underappreciated, to
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This paper assesses the impact of different quantitative approaches to regulate investment risk on the retirement income stemming from defined contribution (DC) pension plans. It looks at how such regulations affect the spectrum of investment policies available and, through this channel, how they affect the retirement income that an individual may expect from a DC pension plan.
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This OECD Recommendation invites governments to encourage implementation of the Core Principles of Occupational Pension Regulation to assist in meeting those objectives.
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These guidelines aim at setting international standards for the governance of private pension funds, in view of protecting people's pensions from mismanagement and fraud.
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Methodology for Assessing Implementation of OECD Core Principles of Occupational Pension Regulation
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This report describes why occupational pensions play a major role in OECD countries and worldwide, complementing retirement income from state sources. Their financial importance is highlighted by the volume of assets they manage on behalf of plan members, USD 22 trillion at the end of 2008. Population ageing has also led many OECD countries to undertake a wide range of pension reforms – the overall effect of which has been to reduce