Pension news online

With ageing and pressure on public finances, monitoring the pensions market has become an important task for policymakers. The market is vast: in 2006 the total OECD funded pensions market was valued at some $24.6 trillion, with a ratio of OECD pension fund assets to OECD GDP of nearly 73% in 2006, and above 100% in a few countries.

One way to keep track of the market is to read the OECD’s online newsletter, “Pension Markets in Focus”, whose fourth edition can now be downloaded at 39509002.pdf. “Pension Markets in Focus” monitors the main trends and features of funded pension plan systems in a clear and concise format, with recent comparable data and analysis of the various types of funded pension arrangements. This edition features a short focus on sovereign and public pension reserve funds, which are becoming a key financing element of pension systems. Most of the tables and graphs, together with the underlying data, can be found in Excel spreadsheets on the website. Previous editions can be found at

For further detail, readers can access frequently requested pension statistics from the Global Pension Statistics database, available under the item “Online statistics database” at See also

A number of other online newsletters are also available, including the International Transport Forum newsletter, at; the Investment newsletter, at; plus two on development, DAC News at and the Financing Development newsletter, at

©OECD Observer No. 264/265, December 2007-January 2008

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