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Dutch come out on top: Mercer index

The Netherlands' $1.5 trillion pension industry has been named the best in the world for a second year running, boosted by an increase in the net household saving rate, according to the annual global study, the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index.
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Call for higher pension ages

The ratio of working years to retirement years should be at least 2 to 1 and raising the pension age is a universal fix for strained systems, the author of Mercer’s Global Pension Index says.
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Danish pension is gold

Denmark has blitzed the pension-system competition, being awarded the first Mercer Global Pension Index A grading. In the process, it has relegated the Dutch and Australian systems to second and third places, respectively, after four years. Mercer senior partner and report author, David Knox, says the reasons for awarding Denmark the top grade were clear. […]
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Australian contributions increase shifts retirement burden

The increase in the Australian superannuation guarantee (SG) from 9 to 12 per cent of salary is an example of how the retirement savings burden, a global phenomenon, can be shifted from the public to private sectors, according to senior partner at Mercer, David Knox. The increase in the SG, which has been approved in […]
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Controversy dogs Australian system review

The Australian Government released its report of the review into the governance, efficiency, structure and operation of the superannuation system, last week. Some of the recommendations have been met with controversy by industry participants, with continued support of innovative and alternative investments at risk.