The brief’s key findings are:
In the United States, workers hold equities in their 401(k)s, fully exposing them to a stock market crash.
Canada’s Pension Plan (CPP) offers an alternative approach – it pools equity risk, dampening the effects on individual households.
The CPP responds to a market crash by prompting policymakers to modestly adjust taxes and/or benefits.
With a very long-term horizon, the CPP can also respond to a market decline by buying assets at low prices, which helps stabilize the financial market.
This brief is available here.