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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.
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Recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future costs resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. Governments now need to do more to encourage people to work longer and save more for their retirement to ensure that benefits are adequate enough to maintain standards of living into old-age.
This fifth edition of Pensions at a Glance provides a range of indicators for comparing pension policies and their outcomes between OECD countries. The indicators are also, where possible, provided for the other major economies that are members of the G20.
With co-operation from the EU and World Bank, and in view of the strong demand for cross-national indicators on the situation of pensions, the OECD has developed on-line indicators on pension outcomes and pension policies for all OECD/EU countries.
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.