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The OECD is working on improving the understanding of the problems facing annuity markets by focusing more closely on the nature of the guarantees provided by annuity products and their costs for insurance companies and consumers.
La politique d’assainissement des finances publiques de l’Italie et ses réformes structurelles porteuses de croissance ont nettement amélioré ses perspectives économiques, mais il reste que la mauvaise image du pays sur le marché de la dette souveraine, ces dernières années, a des causes profondes.
This initiative supports the advancement of financial literacy and capability programmes in low and middle‑income countries. With funding provided by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the World Bank and the OECD have conducted methodological, analytical and policy work on financial literacy, capability and education.
Taking place in South Africa, the 7th Annual Forum on African Public Debt Management focussed on current priorities relating to African public debt management and bond markets.
La Slovénie est confrontée à l’héritage d’un cycle expansion-récession dont l’amplitude a été aggravée par la gouvernance médiocre des banques publiques. Les niveaux des prêts non performants et des ratios d’adéquation des fonds propres sont préoccupants dans une optique de comparaison internationale et risquent de se dégrader encore, ce qui obligerait à une recapitalisation importante des banques.
This conference in Moscow explored strategies for developing financial literacy and capability and building effective consumer protection systems.
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This brochure looks at barriers to women’s full financial empowerment and the contribution improved financial education can make to their financial well-being and opportunities.
Co-organised by the G20 Russian Presidency and the OECD, this roundtable focused on policy measures to address constraints in long-term investment. It was organised back-to-back with the 2013 OECD Forum and the OECD-Euromoney Infrastructure Summit.
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The crisis has shown that there is no such thing as an optimal banking structure or model. The Liikanen report highlighted excessive risk taking and excessive reliance on short-term funding not matched with adequate capital protection. The French reform of the banking sector builds on this insight as well as the agreement reached by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the European CRD 4 to foster financial stability.
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The paper argues that interest rates are at extremely low levels to support banks, and the search for yield has pushed the liquidity driven speculative bubble from real estate, derivatives and structured products markets into the corporate debt market. Equities have rallied strongly too. This asset cycle is certainly helping banks reduce hidden losses on illiquid securities and could also help reduce the cost of equity.