Definition: Unfunded pension plans

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Plans that are financed directly from contributions from the plan sponsor or provider and/or the plan participant. Unfunded pension plans are said to be paid on a current disbursement method (also known as the pay as you go, PAYG, method). Unfunded plans may still
have associated reserves to cover immediate expenses or smooth contributions within given time periods. Most OECD countries do not allow unfunded private pension
plans.
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE), OECD Glossaries/Glossaires de l'OCDE, Private pensions - OECD classification and glossary; Les pensions privées - Classification et glossaire de l'OCDE, Paris, 2005
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