Broken promises: solvency issues for defined benefit superannuation funds

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Members of defined benefit superannuation funds face risks arising from underfunding of benefits by employers. In several countries (including USA, UK, Canada and Australia) fund members have suffered significant losses. Although each country has legislation which is supposed to protect the members, it has often proven inadequate. We outline a framework for assessing the minimum funding standards and solvency legislation, pointing to potential weaknesses. The Australian solvency legislation is critically assessed, revealing some serious weaknesses which may result in loss of benefits for Australian workers and their dependants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-232
Number of pages32
JournalLaw, Probability and Risk
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • superannuation
  • defined benefit funds
  • retirement income
  • solvency regulation
  • minimum funding requirements


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