Chile’s celebrated $200bn non-public pensions system has served as a mannequin for dozens of rising markets because it was launched within the Eighties. Now, it faces an existential disaster as public assist for the mannequin fades and populist politicians enable savers to withdraw funds in the course of the coronavirus disaster.

The decrease home of congress voted to permit Chileans to withdraw one other 10 per cent of their pension funds final week, following the same measure in July that noticed withdrawals of some $17bn.

Congress may but approve a 3rd withdrawal subsequent 12 months, placing in danger a pool of financial savings that has pushed the expansion of Chile’s capital markets and jeopardising future returns.

That’s from Benedict Mander and Michael Stott at the FT.  After all you possibly can say “Ah, they shouldn’t try this!”  And they need to not.  Nonetheless, on the finish of the day when you depart surpluses sitting round to be grabbed or handed out, don’t be shocked if they’re grabbed or handed out.  Arguably the famed Chilean scheme has been proven to be time-inconsistent.  It was, nonetheless, good whereas it lasted.

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