Insurance and pensions

Pension Markets in Focus


Pension Funds in Figures

23/05/2017 - Preliminary data for 2016 show that pension fund assets grew in most reporting economies. Pension fund investments increased in 32 out of the 35 OECD economies and 25 out of the 27 non-OECD economies participating in the statistical exercise.

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Pension Markets in Focus, 2016 edition

Pension Markets in Focus

31/10/2016 - Assets invested through all pension vehicles in financial markets reached USD 36.9 trillion in the 35 OECD countries in 2015, and amounted to USD 1.3 trillion in a sample of 45 non-OECD countries. Pension funds were the main investors of these assets worldwide, followed by banks and investment companies, insurance companies and employers through their book reserves. 

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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.


Published annually, Pension Markets in Focus 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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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






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