Financial Market Trends

OECD’s twice-yearly journal providing timely analyses and statistics on financial matters of topical interest and longer-term developments in specific financial sectors. Each issue provides a brief update of trends and prospects in the international and major domestic financial markets along with articles covering such topics as structural and regulatory developments in OECD financial systems, trends in foreign direct investment, trends in privatization, and financial sector statistics covering areas such as bank profitability, insurance, and institutional investors.

Periodically, a small number of articles within one field of financial sector developments – constituting the so-called special focus for the particular issue – may be included.


OECD's Financial Education Project

Financial education has always been important for consumers in helping them budget and manage their income, save and invest efficiently, and avoid becoming victims of fraud. But the importance of financial education has increased in recent years as a result of both financial market developments and demographic, economic and policy changes. Capital markets are becoming more sophisticated and new products are continuously offered, including hybrid instruments whose risk-return characteristics are not immediately discernible. Consumers now have greater access to a variety of credit and savings instruments provided by a range of entities from on-line banks and brokerage firms to community based groups offering counselling and financing aid to low and moderate-income families. They can now use automated teller machines (ATMs) and personal computers to handle ...


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