The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Pension Funds global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report focuses on industry performance in key regions around the world and identifies the leading companies globally.


Market Share of Companies
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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The aging population and growing household wealth are supporting a recovery
  • The aging population is putting immense pressure on governments to provide for retired individuals
  • With the government unable to accommodate the influx of retired individuals, privatization will increase
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Global Pension Funds industry, composed of employer-sponsored defined benefit plans, has been the primary means for meeting the retirement requirements of an aging global population. In recent years, employers have increasingly been shifting the financial risks of retirement savings to employees, opting instead for defined contribution plans not included within this industry. Industry revenue, which comprises employer contributions and investment income, has surged over the past five years, recovering from a period of depressed asset values following the global recession...

    Industry Investment

    The level of capital intensity varies according to geographic region. In the developed pension markets (such as the United States, Australia and those in Western Europe), the level of capital intensity is low, with much of the investment in capital having already taken place and only small amounts of capital required for maintaining and updating technologies. Alternatively, in a number of emerging markets throughout Asia and South America, capital intensity is relatively high as pension funds invest heavily in technology as a means to keep up with administrative requirements of a growing number of fund members. In the industry as a whole, for every dollar spent on wages, $0.22 is spent on capital.


    Additional Insights for the Global Pension Funds Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Pension Funds Industry are

  • Economies of scope
  • Ability to maintain adequate asset reserves
  • Ability to produce consistent investment returns
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global unemployment rate and Global number of adults aged 65 and older in the Global Pension Funds industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Pension Funds Industry?

    This industry comprises funds that are organized to provide retirement income benefits exclusively for the sponsor's employees or members. Plans are based on defined benefit and exclude defined contribution. Revenue in this industry refers to total contributions plus net investment income or losses, while establishments refer to the number of funds. The majority of funds are nonemployers. Fees from portfolio management or other third-party services are not included in this report.

    Industry Products
    Public defined benefit retirement plans
    Private defined benefit retirement plans
    Industry Activities
    Providing defined benefit plans to beneficiaries
    Collecting employer and employee contributions
    Investing in assets to meet obligations

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global unemployment rate
  • Global number of adults aged 65 and older
  • MSCI World Index
  • LIBOR - London Interbank Offered Rate

  • Current Performance
  • Enduring fluctuations
  • Aging global population
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Decline of defined benefit
  • Flight to define contribution
  • Table: Global Pension Funds Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Pension Funds Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Life & Health Insurance Carriers
  • Global Insurance Brokers & Agencies
  • Global Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Accounting Services
  • Global Internet Service Providers
  • Global Investment Banking & Brokerage

  • Products & Services
  • Public defined benefit retirement plans
  • Private defined benefit retirement plans
  • Chart: Global Pension Funds Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Equities
  • Bonds
  • Alternatives
  • Cash
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Pension Funds Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Benefit payments
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Pension Funds

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Pension Funds Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan
  • Table: Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Pension Funds Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Pension Funds Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Global number of adults aged 65 and older (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Defined Benefit (Db) Plan
  • An occupational retirement plan where benefits are determined by members' salary and tenure. The plan sponsor (i.e. employer) bears the risk of investment returns and longevity.
  • Defined Contribution (Dc) Plan
  • A retirement plan where members transfer a portion of their salary into a retirement account. The size of benefits depends on the value of accumulated assets and is not defined.
  • Pension Fund Service Provider
  • An entity that provides investment management, financial advisory, asset consultancy, custodial management or middle-office support services to pension funds.
  • Pension Plan Sponsor
  • The entity that funds pension plan benefits. For an occupational pension plan, the plan sponsor is the member's employer.
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