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17.10.2017 11:28 Age: 34 days
Category: Press Releases

THE REAL RETURN 2017: A BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR EUROPEAN PENSIONERS AS INADEQUATE RETURNS CONTINUE TO HARM LONG-TERM SAVERS


9 October 2017 - Today BETTER FINANCE launches the fifth edition of its annual and unique research on the real return of long-term savings (covering 86% of the EU population and a period of 17 years), unfortunately once more drawing attention to the fact that too many pension products are massively underperforming capital markets, and still deliver low or even negative long-term real returns, despite very good returns for both equity and bond markets since 2011. No wonder that pensions and investments remain ranked at the bottom of all consumer products covered by the EU Consumer Scoreboard[1].

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently repeated the Public Authorities’ mantra that citizens need to take their responsibility with regard to their pension savings, stating that “in light of the challenges facing pension systems, the only longterm solution for achieving higher retirement income is to contribute more and for longer periods”[2].

Read the Press Release.

[1] EU Consumer Scoreboards.

[2] OECD, Pensions Outlook 2016, Highlights, p.4.


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