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Finance and Occupational Pensions

Theories and International Evidence

  • Charles Sutcliffe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-317

About this book

Introduction

Occupational pensions are major participants in global financial markets with assets of well over $30 trillion, representing more than 40% of the assets of institutional investors. Some occupational pension funds control assets of over $400 billion, and the largest 300 occupational pension funds each have average assets of over $50 billion. The assets of UK pension funds are equivalent to UK GDP, and US pension fund assets are 83% of US GDP. These statistics highlight the importance of pension funds as major players in financial markets, and the need to understand the behaviour of these large institutional investors. Occupational pensions also play an important, but neglected, role in corporate finance. For example, US company pension schemes account for over 60% of company market value, and yet they are often ignored when analysing companies.

This book is based on the substantial body of evidence available from around the world on a topic that has become increasingly important and controversial in recent years. Written for practitioners, students and academics, this book brings together and systematizes a very large international literature from financial economists, actuaries, practitioners, professional organizations, official documents and reports. The underlying focus is the application of the principles of financial economics to occupational pensions, including the work of  Nobel laureates such as Merton, Markowitz, Modigliani, Miller and Sharpe, as well as Black.

This book will give readers an up-to-date understanding of occupational pensions, the economic issues they face, and some suggestions of how these issues can be tackled. The first section explains the operation of defined benefit and defined contribution pensions, along with some descriptive statistics. The second section covers selected aspects of occupational pensions. The focus of these first two sections is on the economic and financial aspects of pensions, accompanied by some basic information on how they operate. This is followed by three further sections that analyse the investment of pension funds, the corporate finance implications of firms providing pensions for their employees, and annuities. 

Keywords

financial economics investments annuities pension scheme regulations

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Sutcliffe
    • 1
  1. 1.ICMA Centre, University of Reading HenleyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-94863-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-94862-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-94863-5
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