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Title: How will ageing affect the structure of financial markets
Authors: Davis, EP
Keywords: Ageing, personal finance, financial structure, international capital flows.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: Economics and Finance Working papers, Brunel University, 07-10
Abstract: The ageing of the world population is an ineluctable process with major economic implications. Whereas there is extensive research on macroeconomic effects and on financial asset prices there has been more limited systematic research into the impact of demographic changes on financial asset volumes and financial market structure more generally, as driven by age related household saving and asset allocation decisions. Our empirical work based on experience of 72 countries, viewed in the light of the existing literature, suggests that demographic changes have had a detectable impact on financial structure. Ageing tends to benefit bond markets relative to equity markets, while depressing private saving and external balances, albeit not sharply reducing the overall size of the financial sector. Continuation of such patterns during the coming period of ageing have wide-ranging implications for policymakers and market participants.
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Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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