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Please click below to read about the three tiers of the retirement system in the following countries, as well updates on current issues related to strengthening retirement security for private sector workers.

Australia | Brazil | Canada | Chile | Denmark | Finland | Ireland | Japan | New Zealand | Poland | Singapore | Switzerland | The Netherlands | United Kingdom

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         Reform implementation progress and recent reform proposals/studies ongoing at the state level

Resources on International Systems

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM REPORTS

  • Investing in (and for) Our Future This paper examines defined contribution plan reforms including how to improve the accumulation and decumulation phases of retirement.
  • How We Can Save (for) Our Future This paper builds off the white paper “We’ll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford It?” by exploring options for expanding access and increasing retirement savings.
  • We’ll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford It? This paper addresses the challenges facing retirement systems, including the impact of aging societies, and quantifies the size of the savings shortfall. It provides recommendations for system design and actions for policy-makers to ensure we can adjust to societies in which living to 100 is commonplace and affordable for all.
  • Case Studies in Retirement System Reform is a companion report which presents 12 case studies on the approaches that governments, pension funds and companies have taken to address the challenges that their own retirement systems face. It highlights initiatives undertaken and lessons learned to guide those seeking future pension reforms.

U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

Country Index for Research & Analysis Archives – provides country by country historical archive of policy reforms, research, data, and other key information.

International Updates – monthly newsletter update on key public and private pension reforms around the world.

OECD REPORTS

  • Recommendation of the Council for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Pension Plans 2022
    Adopted by OECD Council in February 2022, some of the recommendations include; ensure total contributions are sufficiently high to achieve retirement income objectives, promote low-cost and cost-efficient retirement arrangements in both the accumulation and pay-out phases, and ensure that all individuals have access to appropriate and sustainable investment strategies and a well-designed default, where applicable.
  • OECD Pensions at a Glance 2021
    This edition highlights the pension reforms undertaken by OECD countries over the past two years. Additionally, it analysis automatic adjustment mechanisms in pension systems in OECD countries, discusses the usefulness and limitations of these policy instruments, and suggests ways to improve them in order to enhance the capacity of pension systems to fulfill their objectives.
  • Annual Survey of Investment Regulation of Pension Funds and Other Pension Providers 2021
    This report describes the main quantitative investment regulations that pension funds are subject to in OECD and a selection of non-OECD countries. It finds that most countries had quantitative investment limits that some pension providers had to comply with.
  • Towards Improved Retirement Savings Outcomes for Women
    This paper focuses on helping governments find solutions for retirement savings arrangements that do not further exacerbate labor market-inequalities which drive the gender pension gap. The conducted study suggests policy options which consider why the gap exists and how it is perpetuated.
  • OECD Retirement Savings in the Time of COVID-19
    This paper assesses the impact of COVID-19 on retirement savings systems and the economic downturn. It also analyzes policy responses to the pandemic affecting retirement savings implemented by countries around the world. A final version of this paper is planned to be published in the OECD Pensions Outlook 2020.

Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index 2021

The 2021 Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index compares retirement income systems in 43 countries to better understand the diversity of current pension policies using more than 50 indicators. The nature of the problems faced by these nations, which range from a growth in aging populations due to rising life expectancies, government debt and uncertain economic conditions, transcend their respective historical, social, and political differences. The overall index value for each country represents the weighted average of the three sub-indices. The weightings used are:

  • 40 percent for the adequacy sub-index
  • 35 percent for the sustainability sub-index
  • 25 percent for the integrity sub-index

The different weightings are used to reflect the primary importance of the adequacy sub-index which represents the benefits that are currently being provided together with some important benefit design features. Consequently, the reforms necessary to address these challenges are similar, addressing issues such as changing pension ages, increasing labor force participation for older workers, and adjusting levels of funding for retirement.

Natixis Global Asset Management: 2021 Global Retirement Index

The Global Retirement Index (GRI) is a multi-dimensional index developed by Natixis Global Asset Management and CoreData Research to examine the factors that drive retirement security and to provide a comparison tool for best practices in retirement policy. The index provides a status report on 44 countries using 18 performance indicators, grouped into four thematic sub-indices, which have been calculated based on reliable data from a range of international organizations and academic sources. It considers the characteristics of the older demographic retiree group to assess and compare the level of retirement security in different countries around the world.