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The paper discusses vulnerabilities in selected segments of the insurance sector and identifies specific issues related to the role of the insurance sector in the current financial crisis. The paper is part of a special report on the financial crisis and private pensions and insurance policies which will form part of the “OECD Strategic Response to the Crisis” and it provides a framework for the analysis in that report.
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The 6th issue of Pension Markets in Focus highlights the partial recovery in pension fund investment returns and funding ratios in the first half of 2009 compared to 2008.
Pension funds staged a partial recovery in the first half of 2009, generating investment returns of 3.5% in nominal terms. But, as of 30 June 2009, total pension funds assets still remained 14% below their December 2007 levels, according to the latest edition of OECD Pensions Markets in Focus.
The OECD and the World Bank - at the occasion of the OECD/IOPS Global Forum on Private Pensions, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - today announced the preliminary results of their project evaluating the financial performance of pension funds around the world.
The Global Forum examined reform progress and recent pension fund industry developments in Brazil and the Latin American region, focusing on the main challenges facing defined contribution privately-managed individual pension schemes which are the main type of retirement arrangements in the region, including risk- transfer and the design of pay-out phase.
The financial crisis required governments to make massive interventions in their financial systems. This book sets out priorities for reforming incentives in financial markets as well as for phasing out these emergency measures.
This event focused on Thailand and South East Asia five years after the tsunami, the threats of global warming, natural hazard awareness and disaster risk reduction education, hazard mapping, risk assessment, insurance coverage of natural catastrophe risks; and catastrophe-linked securities and the role of capital markets in promoting the growth of global capacity to absorb natural catastrophe risks.
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This report addresses the question of ageing societies from a perspective that integrates implications and solutions for both healthcare and pensions, whereas most reports look separately at one or the other. The report focuses on opportunities, whereas most previous ones have focused primarily on risks. Finally, the report provides an overview of a broad set of practical solutions, ranging from the existing, but underappreciated, to
Special pensions for workers in hazardous or arduous jobs have long been a feature of the pension landscape and, recently, they are the subject of a great deal of debate. This paper discusses the incidence, structure and justification of these special pension schemes in OECD countries.
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This paper provides background on insurer corporate governance, describes practices and identifies possible regulatory and supervisory issues. It was developed jointly by the OECD and the IAIS.