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Pensions at a Glance 2017

OECD and G20 Indicators

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The 2017 edition of Pensions at a Glance highlights the pension reforms undertaken by OECD countries over the last two years. Moreover, one special chapter focuses on flexible retirement options in OECD countries and discusses people’s preferences regarding flexible retirement, the actual use of these programs and the impact on benefit levels.

This edition also updates information on the key features of pension provision in OECD countries and provides projections of retirement income for today’s workers. It offers indicators covering the design of pension systems, pension entitlements, the demographic and economic context in which pension systems operate, incomes and poverty of older people, the finances of retirement-income systems and private pensions.

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DB funding ratios

Despite the prolonged low interest rate environment, average funding ratios of defined benefit pension plans have remained relatively steady over the last years. These ratios were however still below 100% at the end of 2016 in Canada, Iceland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States, suggesting that the value of assets in DB plans would not enable to cover pension liabilities. Funding levels are calculated using national (regulatory) valuation methodologies and hence cannot be compared across countries.

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