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Swiss central bank: sticking with negative rates ‘in pension funds’ interest’

Fri, 1 Nov 2019By

Chair of governing board also rules out giving pension funds some of its profits

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Swiss corporate pensions slide into red for first time in two years

Mon, 14 Oct 2019By

Coverage ratio down by four percentage points in third quarter, consultancy reports [updated]

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Cash flows in Swiss pension fund market to turn negative in 2043 – report

Fri, 11 Oct 2019By

Liquidity requirements could increase for some pension funds, according to Credit Suisse economists 

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Swiss banking group REYL sets up impact investing affiliate

Fri, 4 Oct 2019By

Asteria Investment Managers created ‘from scratch’ to offer institutional investors wide range of impact investing products and strategies

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Zurich cantonal pension fund targets responsible investment leadership

Fri, 27 Sep 2019By

BVK, the CHF33bn (€29.5bn) pension fund for the canton of Zurich, has taken on a company engagement case within Climate Action 100+

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Mandate roundup: Compenswiss targets $500m for EMD local currency

Mon, 23 Sep 2019By

Swiss pension investor wants an actively managed fund for an emerging market debt investment, while Luxembourg’s pension reserve fund has tendered three passive mandates worth €5bn

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Swiss pension bodies ‘increasingly concerned’ about negative rates

Fri, 20 Sep 2019By

Switzerland’s pension fund association and others have appealed to politicians for action after the central bank kept its policy rate at -0.75%

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Chart of the Week: The best place in the world to retire is...

Fri, 20 Sep 2019By

… Iceland, which narrowly beat Switzerland, according to Natixis Investment Managers’ annual Global Retirement Index


Swiss pension funds’ alternatives allocation hits double digits [updated]

Mon, 16 Sep 2019By

Complementa study also finds that pension funds will have to cut benefits to close the gap between required returns and forecast returns

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Swiss pension funds facing negative discount rates

Fri, 6 Sep 2019By

Company pension schemes may need to use negative rates to discount liabilities – mean obligations could rise by around 15%

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Managing director of largest Swiss pension fund to step down

Thu, 5 Sep 2019By

Dieter Stohler gave notice he would be leaving the CHF40bn public pension fund at the end of September next year, after almost nine years at the helm


Swiss high earner pension plan providers expect significant growth

Wed, 4 Sep 2019By

Surveyed providers of 1e plans expect assets under management to grow from CHF3.8bn to CHF12.7bn over the next five years

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Swiss minimum interest recommendation disappoints pension funds

Thu, 29 Aug 2019By

Multi-stakeholder expert body recommends government set minimum accrual rate at 1%, 50 basis points higher than the level called for by Asip 

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Swiss municipal pension schemes face funding shortfalls: analysis

Wed, 28 Aug 2019By

Pension fund for city of Lucerne has funding in excess of 100%, while Lausanne’s coverage ratio was 64.2% in 2018, according to Avenir Suisse analysis 

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Insurer seeks ‘evergreen’ private equity, infra funds via IPE Quest [updated]

Wed, 14 Aug 2019By IPE Staff

A total of $80m is up for grabs in two separate tenders being conducted by a Swiss consultant

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ABN Amro scheme expects ‘limited effects’ from Brexit

Wed, 14 Aug 2019By

The €29bn pension fund sees market volatility, declining sterling and the ability to settle transactions as big risks, and has analysed suppliers’ ability to continue through multiple Brexit scenarios

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Swiss investor hunts for private equity manager via IPE Quest

Tue, 6 Aug 2019By IPE Staff

The unnamed pension fund is seeking bottom-up managers for a $5m-$10m mandate, while two more mandate searches are closing this week

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Switzerland: Online lending

November 2019 (Magazine)By

The popularity of crowdlending is rising, but will it challenge the mainstream?

Asset Allocation: Alternatives key to raise returns

November 2019 (Magazine)By

Pension funds are increasing their allocations to alternative and illiquid assets in a bid to boost flagging returns

Reform agenda

November 2019 (Magazine)By

New reforms to the first and second-pillar are due to be debated in parliament next year and implemented by 2022

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Returns: Do large pension funds achieve better results?

November 2019 (Magazine)By

Smaller pension funds do not necessarily have lower returns, according to PPCmetrics

Discount rates: Stranger things

November 2019 (Magazine)By

Negative interest rates are making Swiss pension funds more expensive


Switzerland: In need of a reformist zeal

December 2018 (magazine)By

The Swiss pension system needs reform but consent is needed in a federal referendum. Have politicians learnt from campaigning during the rejected Altervorsorge 2020 proposals?

Werner Hug: Less complexity, more solidarity

December 2018 (magazine)By

The Swiss second pillar has become too complex and lost sight of its original principle of employer patronage towards employees

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Asset Management: Fit for purpose

December 2018 (magazine)By

The globalisation of asset management means that Swiss managers have to broaden their product range and service different regulatory regimes

ESG: Still the ugly duckling

December 2018 (magazine)By

ESG is still an unpopular investment strategy in Switzerland. How will it overcome this lack of enthusiasm?

Risk Management: Is everything still good?

December 2018 (magazine)By

Swiss pension funds have coped well with the financial crisis, but appearances can be deceptive

Illiquid Investments: Challenges ahead

December 2018 (magazine)By

Illiquid investments should appeal to pension funds because of their long-term benefits, but are opportunities equal? 

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