The world stands on the threshold of a stunning demographic transformation. It is called global aging, and it promises to affect virtually every dimension of life, from the shape of the family to the shape of the geopolitical order. Trying to navigate the economic, investment, and retirement policy environment of the next few decades without understanding the impact of global aging is like setting sail without a map or a compass. The purpose of this issue brief series, which is produced in collaboration by the Global Aging Institute (GAI) and the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI), is to help policymakers and business leaders steer a surer course as they peer ahead into the future. Some of the issue briefs in the series focus specifically on retirement policy issues, especially in Asia, while others explore how demographic trends are reshaping the broader economic, social, and geopolitical environment in which governments, pension funds, and individuals and families must operate. GAI and PPI hope that the series will inform the debate over global aging and retirement security and help to push it in a constructive direction.



The traditional system of family-centered retirement provision is weakening in Hong Kong, yet adequate government and market substitutes have not yet taken its place.  The result is widespread retirement insecurity.  In this webinar, Richard Jackson, President of the Global Aging Institute (GAI), discusses the findings of Meeting Hong Kong’s Retirement Challenge, the issue brief jointly published by GAI and PPI.  During his presentation, Dr. Jackson discusses the forces that are pushing pension reform to the top of the policy agenda, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), and explores strategies for improving the overall adequacy and sustainability of Hong Kong’s retirement system.


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Demographic trends have played a decisive role in precipitating many of the great upheavals of history. In this webinar, Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute (GAI) and PPI members, discuss the findings and investment implications of Global Aging and the Outlook for Growth and Stability in the Developing World, the second issue brief jointly published by GAI and PPIModerated by PPI's Senior Program & Knowledge Director Piin-Fen Kok, the webinar featured perspectives from the New Zealand Super Fund, Mitsubishi Corporation, and other PPI member organizations on how these trends will influence their investment approaches. The discussion focused on the structural and policy changes needed to address significant population fluctuations as well as the related investment consequences.