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Features of mortgage and housing markets appear to play a major role in shaping the economic cycle across countries. Economic Studies No. 38.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 76, chapter IV. The oil price has more than doubled in dollar terms since the late 1990s, while increasing substantially, though somewhat less, in terms of the other major currencies. The chapter begins by investigating the fundamentals driving longer-term oil market developments and the implications for the long-run equilibrium price. It then identifies short-term influences which may have caused risk
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This paper focuses on the identification of potential conflict of interest situations through effective supervisory techniques, and examines possible regulatory gaps in existing laws. First, it provides an overview of a typical pension plan cycle, and compares the conflicts of interest rules and regulations of six countries–Chile, Costa Rica, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, and Slovenia—and examines how these would apply to typical conflict
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This article, which was published in Financial Market Trends, No. 87, October 2004, provides an overview of OECD's Financial Education Project and reports on results to date.
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Chapter IV of the OECD Economic Outlook No. 75. Buoyant house prices give a greater boost to consumer spending in countries with more diversified mortgage markets. But distortions to the housing market, such as tax breaks, should be avoided to counter excessive price volatility.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, chapter VI. A look at how stock market movements have affected government revenues in selected countries.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, chapter V. Narrowing the large current account deficit would require major changes to exchange rates, to fiscal policy or to the competitiveness of US exports - all of which would impose costs on the US and its on trading partners.
This report focuses on the role of insurance and reinsurance companies in the management of environmental risks - environmental pollution risk and natural catastrophe risk in particular.
This publication contains an in-depth analysis of the assessment, management and compensation of the so-called "expanding systemic risks", to which market players and insurers are exposed.
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Based on an empirical analysis of private saving determinants, there is little evidence that consumers have responded to the unsustainable stock market boom during the late 1990s in the way standard estimates of wealth effects would have suggested. OECD Economic Studies No. 36.