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  • 6-October-2020


    Green Infrastructure in the Decade for Delivery - Assessing Institutional Investment

    Building green is not only imperative to achieve global climate and development commitments in this 'decade for delivery', but will also be critical to sustain socio-economic development during the COVID-19 recovery. Private investment in particular is needed to bridge the infrastructure investment gap, given institutional investors’ large pools of long-term capital. After several years of efforts to upscale institutional investment in infrastructure, where does the level of investment stand today? This report provides a first-of-its-kind empirical assessment of investment in infrastructure by institutional investors domiciled in OECD and G20 countries, presenting a snapshot from February 2020. Based on a new detailed view of investment channels, financial instruments, sectoral allocations, regional preferences and trends, the report provides guidance on policy levers and priorities to scale-up institutional investment in green infrastructure.
  • 6-October-2020


    2020 Symposium on Reinsurance Risk and Opportunity in Asia

    This webinar will focus on the findings and lessons from a set of case studies on access to reinsurance and reinsurance oversight in Asian countries. This virtual event will be held via Zoom on 6-7 October 2020.

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  • 29-September-2020


    Sustainable and resilient finance

    29/09/2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent need to consider resilience in finance, both in the financial system itself and in the role played by capital and investors in making economic and social systems more dynamic and able to withstand external shocks. The 2020 OECD Business and Finance Outlook focuses on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that are rapidly becoming a part of mainstream finance.

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  • 7-September-2020


    OECD webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 for Insurance and Retirement Savings in Asia

    The purpose of this roundtable is to share experience among policy makers and private sector participants in Asia on the implications of COVID-19 for the insurance and retirement savings sectors, based on the policy analysis that the OECD has been developing.

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  • 13-August-2020


    The political economy of the G20 agenda on financial regulation

    The paper empirically examines the implementation record of international financial regulation of the banking sector. The study finds that the size of the banking sector and the presence of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) are positively associated with a stronger implementation record. These results suggest that cooperative motives of internalising externalities, creating a level playing field and preserving financial stability play a role in explaining the implementation record. We find evidence that this cooperative behaviour may be driven by the self-interest of global players as the positive record is particularly strong in countries where large banking sectors and big banks are both present, and where regulation only applies to large players. Sectoral concentration, bank health and the share of foreign ownership yield more mixed results as regards their impact on implementation.
  • 6-August-2020


    Corporate debt stress testing: A global analysis of non-financial corporations

    High-yield corporate and leveraged loans have grown substantially over the past decade. However, the COVID-19 pandemic means downside risks are rising alongside expectations of severe negative impacts on corporate earnings and economic growth. The proportion of leveraged corporate debt exposed to such downside risks has become a key concern. This paper assesses the magnitude of indebtedness of leveraged non-financial companies and identifies the share of debt related to the riskiest firms. A stress test analysis examines the sensitivity of corporate debt to potential macroeconomic and financial shocks. The results show a sharp deterioration in the credit quality of firms, particularly in the United States and Emerging Market Economies (EMEs). Under stressed conditions, all these countries, China included, would experience a sharp rise in the number of firms considered at risk or distressed due to deteriorating cash flows and the inability to make interest payments, thereby becoming more likely to default.
  • 21-July-2020


    The changing structure of financial intermediation in Asia: Benefits and risks

    Over the past two decades, Asian economies have experienced rapid capital market growth and profound changes in the structure of their financial systems. This paper analyses key developments in advanced and emerging Asian economies since the global financial crisis, focusing on market intermediation of sovereign and corporate debt, equity market development, and the growth of alternative finance and structured products. This enables a forward-looking assessment of the extent to which developments in the medium term may contribute to rising risks in the stability of financial intermediation and sustainable long-term growth with a view to informing policy discussions on economic opportunities and associated risks.
  • 2-July-2020

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    Insurance sector responses to COVID-19 by governments, supervisors and industry

    This report provides an overview of the measures that governments, insurance regulators and supervisors and insurance associations and individual companies have taken to respond to COVID-19 across three main areas.

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  • 29-June-2020

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    Insurance Markets in Figures, 2020

    29 June 2020 - Preliminary data for 2019 show that gross premiums rose in most countries, especially in the non-life sector, continuing the global growth observed in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic may however curb the positive premium and investment income growth.

  • 10-June-2020

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    Pension Funds in Figures 2020

    10/06/2020 - Preliminary data for 2019 show that pension funds held USD 32.3 trillion in the OECD area and USD 0.7 trillion in 29 other jurisdictions. The US exhibited the largest amount of assets in pension funds at end-2019 (USD 18.8 trillion), followed by the UK (USD 3.6 trillion), Australia (USD 1.8 trillion), Netherlands (USD 1.7 trillion), Canada (USD 1.5 trillion),Japan (USD 1.4 trillion) and Switzerland (USD 1.0 trillion).

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