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The recent major earthquakes in Chile and Haiti are the latest reminder of the urgent need for disaster preparedness. This guidance reflects international good practices on the mitigation and financial management of catastrophic risks.
The forum brought together leading researchers, pension funds, endowments and sovereign wealth funds from across Europe, Asia and the Americas to discuss the latest advances in investment, asset allocation and risk management.
Some countries are reconsidering their approach to the provision of sustainable and adequate pensions. OECD experts have reiterated several key recommendations that should be taken into account during this process.
In this interview, Prof Zheng, a renowned Chinese expert on pensions, discusses the necessary reforms – in particular tax reforms – that are needed in order to further develop private pensions in China. The enterprise annuity system, as the private pension system in China is called, should become a key part of the retirement income system, but there are some obstacles that needs to be addressed first.
The 2010 Global Forum focused on innovative governmental policies intended to enhance the security and adequacy of defined contribution (DC) retirement plans and pension reform processes and recent developments in Asia-Pacific.
This paper compares notional defined-contribution pension schemes (also known as notional accounts) with two alternative designs of earnings-related pension schemes: points systems and definedbenefit plans.
The OECD’s “Average-Wage” (AW) concept is commonly used as a benchmark for tax-benefit and pension modeling. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether it is possible to use richer sets of earnings data in order to customize these modeling exercises.
The pensionable age is the most visible parameter of retirement-income systems. This paper surveys pensionable ages in the OECD for a period of a century: back to 1950 and forward to 2050.
The insurance industry is a major component of the economy by virtue of the amount of premiums it collects, the scale of its investment and, more fundamentally, the essential social and economic role it plays by covering personal and business risks. This database gathers major official insurance statistics for all OECD countries as well as Singapore which has an observer status to the OECD Insurance Committee.
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Protecting retirement income derived from DC pension plans requires carefully designed default investment strategies. This article assesses the relative performance of different investment strategies for different structures of the payout phase, focusing on life-cycle strategies.