Global Pension Assets Study 2016

February 2, 2016


  • At the end of 2015, total pension assets were estimated at USD 35.4 trillion, which represents a decrease of 0.5% compared to USD 35.6 trillion at the end of 2014
  • Pension assets relative to GDP reached 80% in 2015, which represents a decrease of 4% from the 2014 ratio of 84%
  • The largest pension markets are the US, UK and Japan with 62%, 9% and 8% of total pension assets in the study, respectively

This year the Global Pension Assets Study 2016 (GPAS) added Chile, India and Spain to its study of the 19 largest pension markets in the world, (other countries include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the US).

The Global Pension Assets Study 2016 pension markets analysis is organised in four sections: 

  • Asset size, including growth statistics and comparison of asset size with GDP 
  • Asset allocation 
  • Defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) share of pension assets 
  • The faces of change - six medium-term factors growing in influence on pension fund development. 

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