The Impact of the 2007-2009 Crisis on Social Security and Private Pension Funds: A Threat to Their Financial Soundness?
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Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
International Social Security Review, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 5-30, April/June 2010
Social security and pension funds were affected on an unparalleled scale by the recent financial crisis. They reported massive unrealized investment losses and their governance mechanisms have been challenged, therefore endangering their financial soundness and questioning their capacity to deliver adequate benefits. The year 2009 ended with financial markets recovering, but also with portfolio reallocations and traditional risk management approaches being revisited. Governments have reacted to the crisis and implemented recovery plans that could issue a warning about the mid-term fiscal situation. Post-crisis fiscal stress may generate a trade-off between a re-establishment of a sound fiscal situation and a reduction in social expenditure. This article analyses the impact of the crisis on social security and pension funds and address all the aforementioned issues.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 5, 2010
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