Publications & Documents


23-September-2010

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Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation: A Few Basic Propositions

The issue of financial innovation and consumer protection is mostly about access and suitability. Access refers to a situation in which affordable, mainstream financial products are available to all segments of the population across the range of income levels and demographic characteristics. Suitability addresses the appropriateness of the products for particular consumer groups. Innovative products will tend generally to be either

23-September-2010

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OECD-Asia Regional Seminar: Enhancing transparency and monitoring of insurance markets

Discussions at this seminar focused on how to improve the monitoring of insurance markets through the provision of sound insurance statistics and indicators, particularly in Asia and Southeast Asia.

17-September-2010

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Finance: review of causes and management of the crisis

At the heart of the crisis are failures of financial regulation, of supervision, of risk management and of corporate governance.

13-September-2010

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Economic Survey of Canada 2010

The economy is recovering from an externally driven recession. Public spending growth must be restrained as planned starting in 2011 to put public finances onto a sustainable path, including in the health sector where efficiency gains and quality improvements are possible.

10-September-2010

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Risks Ahead for the Financial Industry in a Changing Interest Rate Environment

Current interest rates have been conducive to financial institutions assuming exposure to interest rate risks but, with interest rates expected to rise and yield curves likely to flatten, new challenges may be in store. This article draws attention to the increased risks and possible negative effects that the still-fragile banking sector could face in light of these developments.

10-September-2010

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Debt Markets: Policy Challenges in the Post-Crisis Landscape

This article summarises discussions held at the 11th OECD-WBG-IMF Global Bond Market Forum where withdrawal of policy stimulus and sovereign risk were singled out as the two biggest concerns for investors. It addresses the continuing challenge of measuring sovereign risk, the need for more reliable indicators of sovereign risk to help make appropriate investment decisions and how difficult circumstances have forced sovereign issuers

10-September-2010

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A Suggested New Approach to the Measurement and Reporting of Gross Short-Term Borrowing Operations by Governments

The various existing methods for calculating short-term borrowing requirements can result in distorted estimates. This article proposes a new method that yields economically meaningful results that can also be used to make cross-country comparisons.

10-September-2010

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Statistical Yearbook on African Central Government Debt: Overview of a New OECD Publication

The first issue of the Statistical Yearbook on African Central Government Debt was published earlier this year. This article provides an overview of the publication which contains comprehensive and consistent information on African central government debt instruments. It includes both individual country data and comparative statistics to facilitate cross-country analysis.

8-September-2010

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The New IAS 19 Exposure Draft, OECD Working Paper on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions No.5

At the end of April 2010, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published an exposure draft with proposed changes to International Accounting Standard No. 19 (IAS 19). IAS 19 is the current standard for the financial reporting of company pension obligations that stem from defined benefit (DB) and similar plans. It is required for exchange-listed companies in many parts of the world. If enacted, the changes to IAS 19

6-September-2010

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Defined benefit pension plans - proposed revisions to international accounting

At the end of April 2010, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published an exposure draft with proposed changes to International Accounting Standard No. 19 (IAS 19). If enacted, the changes to IAS 19 proposed by the IASB are expected to have a significant impact on company financials on a global basis.

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