This report gives an overview of private pension systems worldwide and outlines latest developments. It assesses the amount of assets in funded and private pension plans, describes the way these assets are invested in financial markets, and looks at how investments have performed, both in the past year and over the past decade.
The OECD Recommendation for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Pension Plans identifies elements of good design and public policy to assist countries to strengthen retirement income adequacy in an environment where pension benefits result from assets accumulated during working life.
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03/12/2021 - This report describes the tax treatment of retirement savings in OECD countries as of June 2021. It also covers non-tax financial incentives provided to encourage individuals to save for retirement in funded private pension plans.
This annual survey monitors and compares the investment behaviour, asset levels, and performances of the largest institutional investors in each region or country covered and analyses in greater depth the general trends observed at a national level.
Each year, the OECD publishes a survey of the investment regulation of pension providers which describes the main quantitative investment regulations applied to pension funds in 90 economies. The survey questionnaire covers all types of pension plans financed via pension funds.
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08/06/2021 - Preliminary data for 2020 show that pension funds held over USD 35 trillion of assets worldwide at end-2020, exceeding 2019 levels despite the headwinds due to COVID-19. Pension fund assets grew by nearly 9% in the OECD area to reach USD 34.2 trillion at end-2020. Outside the OECD area, pension fund assets amounted to USD 0.8 trillion at end-2020 in a group of 31 jurisdictions, just over 1% more than at end-2019.
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 Long-term Investment Project is exploring these issues in depth.
This event will highlight existing initiatives and good practices of governments, the private sector, multilateral and national development banks, and international organisations in supporting private investor involvement in infrastructure and managing related risks, including those related to ESG.
10/03/2021 - Towards Improved Retirement Savings Outcomes for Women analyses why the gender pension gap exists and outlines clear policy actions to ensure that the design of funded and private retirement savings arrangements will help to reduce the gender pension gap.