Insurance and pensions

Pension Markets in Focus


Preliminary 2021 data on pension funds

10/06/2022 - A second year into COVID-19, pension fund assets continued to grow in almost all reporting jurisdictions, rising by over 8% in the OECD area and nearly 2% in other reporting jurisdictions in 2021, according to indicators based on preliminary data for 2021.

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Assets in retirement savings plans rise despite the shock of COVID-19

12/11/2021 - Assets in retirement savings plans continued to grow in 2020 despite the shock of COVID-19, exceeding USD 56 trillion worldwide at year end and amounting to an 11% increase over 2019 figures. This growth was supported by an increase in the number of people participating in a retirement savings plan, an increase in the overall contributions into these plans and positive investment returns in many countries. A special feature looks into public pension reserve funds, providing an overview of their features and highlighting some of the commonalities and differences with providers of retirement savings plans.

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About Pension Markets in Focus

Recent years have witnessed intense pension reform efforts in countries around the globe, often involving an increased use of funded pension programmes managed by the private sector. These funded arrangements are likely to play an increasingly important role in delivering retirement income in many countries and privately managed pension assets will play an increasing role in financial markets, notably as a source of long-term savings.


This annual report, published each November, gives an overview of private pension systems worldwide and outlines latest developments in 92 jurisdictions. 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. It provides accurate, comprehensive, comparable and up-to-date statistics to help policy makers, regulators and market participants measure, compare and evaluate programme developments and country experiences globally.


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2021 preliminary report | statistical tables

2020 | statistical tables (xls) | statistical annex (xls) | coverage of the data

2020 preliminary report | statistical tables (xls) | coverage of the data

2019 | statistical tables (xls)

2019 preliminary report | statistical tables (xls)

2018 | statistical tables (xls)

2018 preliminary report | statistical tables (xls)

2017 | statistical tables (xls)

2017 preliminary report (May 2017) - statistical tables (xls)

2016 (pdf) - statistical tables (xls)

2016 preliminary report (June 2016) - statistical tables (xls)

2015 | statistical tables (xls)

2015 preliminary report (May 2015) - statistical tables (xls)

2014 - statistical tables (xls)

2013statistical tables (xls) - news release - Resumé en français (pdf)

2012 - Statistical tables (xls) - Statistical annex (xls) - news release

2011 - Statistical tables (xls)

2010 - Statistical tables - en français 

2009 - Statistical tables 

2008 - en français 

2007 - Statistical tables






OECD Pensions Outlook


Global pension statistics


Fragmentation of retirement markets due to differences in life expectancy, 2016


OECD, IOPS and World Bank join forces to improve private pension  statistics, 2016


Can pension funds and life insurance companies keep their promises?, 2015


OECD Business and Finance Outlook


Ageing and pensions: The challenges facing pension systems, 2015


A prayer for your pension, 2014


Mortality Assumptions and Longevity Risk, 2014



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