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Netherlands tops global pension charts

How Europe dominates retirement systems worldwide


A recent analysis by the Mercer CFA Institute has identified European nations as leaders in global pension systems. The Netherlands secures the top spot in the rankings, with Iceland and Denmark following closely behind.

According to Euronews, the study, which evaluated 47 retirement income systems across various metrics, highlights the importance of private and public sector benefits, system sustainability, and governance quality. European countries generally fared well, with room for improvement in some areas.

While countries like France, Spain, and Italy face significant challenges, others like India and the Philippines are at the bottom of the rankings, signaling concerns about their pension systems' effectiveness and sustainability.

The report underlines the mounting pressure on retirement income systems globally, attributed to factors like inflation, rising interest rates, and geopolitical uncertainty. Margaret Franklin, president and CEO at the CFA Institute, emphasizes the need for reforms to address these challenges and safeguard retirees' well-being.

Recommendations from the OECD's Pensions Outlook urge policymakers to pursue necessary reforms despite economic uncertainties, advocating for asset-backed pensions to enhance system resilience.

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is touted as a solution to enhance pension performance by reducing costs and identifying potential risks. While AI offers opportunities for custom portfolios and risk detection, uncertainties persist, particularly regarding market predictions.

David Knox, senior partner at Mercer, highlights the potential for AI to improve decision-making processes and boost investment returns. However, the report also cautions against risks such as fake information generation and cyber-attacks on pension data.

As pension systems navigate these complexities, the role of AI is poised to evolve, offering both promise and challenges in ensuring financial security for retirees.

[With information sourced from Euronews]

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