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This article presents a combined analysis of households’ financial and non-financial balance sheets across OECD countries over the period 1995-2006. The scope of the study mainly covers households’ gross wealth (financial, dwellings and land) and therefore does not include debt. It also analyses financial risks borne by households investing their savings either in investment fund shares, in life insurance reserves or in pension
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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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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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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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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
OECD anti-corruption regional actions focus on countries not party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention by promoting international anti-corruption instruments in order to strengthen regional capacity to fight corruption.
The OECD will release Financial Market Trends No. 95 on the OECD's password-protected website at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 a.m. GMT) on Thursday 8 January 2009 for immediate release (in English only).
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This paper reviews the impact of ageing on private pensions, in particular on the payout phase, assesses the part that annuities can play in financing retirement, and examines the role of financial markets in facilitating the allocation on assets accumulated in defined contribution pension plans
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This discussion paper examines the Australian experience with a comprehensive program of pro-competitive regulatory reforming involving three levels of government: federal, state and municipal. The aim is to identify any lessons from this experience and to see whether there are any insights that might be relevant to Mexico. The analysis might also be relevant to other OECD member countries where regulatory functions are split between
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En este documento de análisis se examina la experiencia de Australia con un amplio programa de reforma regulatoria en pro de la competencia en el que participaron los tres órdenes de gobierno: el federal, el estatal y el municipal. Nuestro objetivo consiste en identificar todas las enseñanzas derivadas de esa experiencia y determinar si hay algunos hallazgos que podrían ser de utilidad para México. El análisis también podría ser