OECD Working Papers on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions

Selected studies on finance, insurance and private pensions policy prepared for dissemination in order to stimulate wider discussion and further analysis and obtain feedback from interested audiences. The studies provide timely analysis and background on industry developments, structural issues, and public policy in the financial sector. Topics include risk management, governance, investments, benefit protection, and financial education. Previous papers addressing these policy issues are available via http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/19936397.


The Effect of Solvency Regulations and Accounting Standards on Long-Term Investing

Implications for Insurers and Pension Funds

This report reviews recent as well as planned changes to accounting and solvency regulations affecting insurers and pension funds and how they may impact long-term investing by these institutions. The review of existing evidence focuses mainly on the impact of risk-based solvency requirements, identifying instances where such regulations may have driven changes in investment strategies and potentially led to pro-cyclical investment behaviour such as the fire-sale of assets in market downturns. The report concludes with a note of caution regarding the application of strict fair value and risk-based solvency rules.


Keywords: long-term investing, pension fund, defined benefit, accounting, solvency, funding, insurer, fair value, economic value
JEL: G01: Financial Economics / General / Financial Crises; M40: Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics / Accounting and Auditing / Accounting and Auditing: General; G15: Financial Economics / General Financial Markets / International Financial Markets; G23: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors; K20: Law and Economics / Regulation and Business Law / Regulation and Business Law: General; G32: Financial Economics / Corporate Finance and Governance / Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill; D21: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations / Firm Behavior: Theory; M52: Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics / Personnel Economics / Personnel Economics: Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects; E32: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles / Business Fluctuations; Cycles; J33: Labor and Demographic Economics / Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs / Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
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