Although aging-related costs are often viewed as a problem faced primarily by wealthier sovereigns, Standard & Poor's analysis suggests that the problem may be almost as pressing for emerging market sovereigns.For the 2013 Report, supporting data is available interactively on the Web and via an iPad app. Comparisons with various groups – such as emerging economies and AAA-rated countries – are also available. Links can be found at www.standardandpoors.com/GlobalAging. Users may also interact with the supporting data on iPad by downloading the free CreditMatters app available by searching "S&P Ratings" at the Apple App Store or by visiting www.standardandpoors.com/mobile. The 2013 Report includes simulations of hypothetical long-term sovereign ratings credit metrics under various scenarios:
- The "No Policy Change" scenario, in which nations take no measures to plan for aging populations
- The "Balanced-Budget" scenario, in which budgetary adjustments result in a balanced budget in 2016 for all sovereigns
- The "No Aging" scenario, in which government legislation fully contains future increases in age-related spending over the projection period
- The "Lower Interest Rate" scenario, in which a 2% interest rate prevails over the study period rather than 3% in the no-policy-change scenario
- The "Higher GDP Growth" scenario, in which GDP growth is increased by 1% across the projection period.