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Is Latin America Retreating From Individual Retirement Accounts?

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In 1981, Chile initiated old-age pension reforms that introduced mandatory funded Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and moved away from public systems. Beginning in the 1990s, ten other Latin American countries followed in Chile's wake. In recent years, even before the onset of the financial crisis, a second round of pension reforms was initiated to strengthen the public component and address the problems created by individual accounts. The most extreme case of retrenching is Argentina, where IRAs were eliminated for mandatory contributions in late 2008.

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