Édition du 12 April 2012

Comparison of financial security systems for retirement

"Québec can boast that it has developed a successful retirement system, one that is often held up as a model for both its closely supervised funding and its focus on ensuring a decent income for seniors."

– Denys Jean, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Régie des rentes du Québec >>>

Strengths and weaknesses of the Québec retirement system

The Régie des rentes du Québec recently published a study entitled Évaluation du système québécois de sécurité financière à la retraite par rapport à celui d'autres pays industrialisés (Evaluation of the Québec system of financial security at retirement in relation to that of other industrialized countries; French only). The study showcases the strengths and weaknesses of the Québec retirement system in relation to the systems of Canada, Germany, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. >>>

Recent and pending reforms

New socioeconomic conditions have changed the backdrop for retirement systems worldwide. A number of countries have had to tailor their plans accordingly. So just what are the recent and pending reforms to public pension plans? >>>

Impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing recession

The financial crisis of September 2008 led to a plunge in stock markets and the bankruptcy of several financial institutions. It also caused an economic recession. However, the financial crisis and ensuing recession that affected the entire world did not affect all pension plans the same way. The effects that both events had on pension plans are described below. >>>