OECD Pensions Outlook 2018

Released 3 December 2018

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its 2018 OECD Pensions Outlook report.

The 2018 edition of the OECD Pensions Outlook examines how pension systems are adapting to improve retirement outcomes. It focuses on designing funded pensions and assesses how different pension arrangements can be combined taking into account various policy objectives and risks involved in saving for retirement. It looks at how countries can improve the design of financial incentives, and presents policy guidelines on aligning charges and costs of providing funded pensions. The 2018 report highlights that governments face challenges including population ageing, low returns on retirement savings, low growth, less stable employment careers and insufficient pension coverage among some groups of workers. These issues have eroded the belief that pension systems, pay-as-you-go or funded, will deliver on their promises once workers reach retirement age. Many countries have introduced automatic mechanisms to adjust pension benefits to economic and demographic developments, as well as default options to help people that do not want to or cannot make choices. Countries have also taken measures to strengthen safety nets to prevent old-age poverty.

For more information and to view the report, see Improvements to pension systems have made them better placed to deliver pensions.

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