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Pension fund assets rose in 2020 despite the shock of COVID-19

09/06/2021 - 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, according to Pension Funds in Figures. 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.

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Pension Markets in Focus 2020

06/11/2020 - Retirement savings in pension funds, pension insurance contracts and in other vehicles exceeded the USD 50 trillion mark worldwide for the first time at the end of 2019, with USD 49.2 trillion in the OECD area and USD 1.7 trillion in other reporting jurisdictions. A special feature forecasts the evolution of the value of retirement assets to Q3 2020 and examines the funding position of DB plans in 2020.

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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 October, gives an overview of private pension systems worldwide and outlines latest developments in 87 countries. 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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