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Sunset in Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss economist warns pension funds of overdiversification

Fri, 20 Oct 2017By

Peter Meier says smaller pension funds need to focus on one strategy

Zurich

Higher cost strategies outperform for Swiss Pensionskassen

Wed, 27 Sep 2017By

Complementa study indicates simple, cheap approaches are not always successful

Sunset in Zurich, Switzerland

CMI longevity model could cut Swiss liabilities by up to 3.5%

Tue, 26 Sep 2017By

Swiss consultancy Libera doubts 1.25% long-term rate used in UK

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss reform package rejected by people and cantons

Mon, 25 Sep 2017By

Social minister Berset wants to start new talks following Sunday’s public poll

Luxembourg

Asset management roundup: MJ Hudson makes Brexit move

Fri, 22 Sep 2017By IPE Staff

Plus: New LGPS transparency code commitments, HSBC MiFID II research decision

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss government rejects ideas for more pension fund comparability

Fri, 8 Sep 2017By

Government seen ‘deciding against transparency’

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss legislator removes barriers to individualised high earner pensions

Wed, 6 Sep 2017By

Amendments to 1e-plans introduce more investment options but also more risk

Nestlé's corporate headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland

Head of alternatives exits Nestlé in-house manager

Tue, 5 Sep 2017By

Move coincides with disbanding of Nestlé Capital Management

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss commission to review contribution interest rate

Thu, 31 Aug 2017By

Independent commission recommends keeping rate unchanged at 1%

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss public split over pension reform as referendum looms

Tue, 29 Aug 2017By

A month before the public vote on Altersvorsorge 2020, pension funds are trying to rally supporters

Sion Castle, Geneva

Expert group tables rescue plan for underfunded Swiss scheme

Fri, 25 Aug 2017By

Pension fund for canton of Wallis could be split in two – a closed and a new fund

SIX swiss stock exchange building

Investors up dissent over Swiss corporate governance, pay

Tue, 22 Aug 2017By

More shareholders withheld support from resolutions at general meetings 

Geneva, Switzerland

Aon wins cross-border fiduciary mandate for Swiss company

Wed, 9 Aug 2017By

Geneva-headquartered company says approach cuts risk for $1.5bn pensions

Switzerland

Swiss investor plans $50m private debt allocation via IPE Quest

Mon, 7 Aug 2017By IPE Staff

Discovery search DS-2328 seeks manager for co-investment mandate

Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss postal scheme joins mortgage-lending trend

Fri, 4 Aug 2017By

Mortgages to scheme members and third parties seen as attractive alternative to low-yielding bonds 

Switzerland

Pension fund seeks Swiss small/mid cap managers via IPE Quest

Wed, 19 Jul 2017By IPE Staff

Active and passive mandates sought, totalling between CHF350m and CHF650m

Vienna, Austria

DACH roundup: Austrian energy company sells pension fund

Fri, 14 Jul 2017By ,

Even fewer company-operated Pensionskassen remain in Austria

All Latest Switzerland News

pensions in switzerland make or break

Pensions In Switzerland: Make or break

May 2017 (Magazine)By

The referendum in September will decide the fate of the Swiss pension reform package. Barbara Ottawa analyses the first stages of the political campaigns leading up to the vote

Lombard Odier Pension Fund: A blueprint for multi-asset

May 2017 (Magazine)By

Lombard Odier Pension Fund has developed an innovative multi-asset approach based on absolute return and diversification

Asset Allocation: Ticino maintains aim

May 2017 (Magazine)By

Pierre Spocci, director of the Istituto di Previdenza del Cantone Ticino, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about the pension fund’s stable strategy 

Good governance boosts returns

May 2017 (Magazine)

Best practice in governance has been shown to produce above-average investment returns, say Manuel Ammann and Christian Ehmann

Asset Allocation: When diversification fails

May 2017 (Magazine)By

What do Swiss pension funds do when risk budgets are stretched and diversification has failed? Barbara Ottawa reports

Fees: Clear on management costs

May 2017 (Magazine)

Ueli Mettler and Benita von Lindeiner examine the difficult question of costs in Switzerland’s second-pillar pension system

Instead of sound and light displays, the Swiss Parliament should be resolving the delays to Altersvorsorge 2020

Pensions In Switzerland: Parliamentary ping pong

November 2016 (Magazine)By

A political stalemate is holding up Switzerland’s Altersvorsorge 2020 pensions reform package. And now time is running out, as Barbara Ottawa finds 

Asset Allocation: Curves, currency and costs

November 2016 (Magazine)By

More than anywhere else, the low and negative interest rate environment is shaping Swiss portfolios. But investment challenges are quite particular, finds Barbara Ottawa

Financial Sustainability: Are there enough assets?

November 2016 (Magazine)

Lukas Riesen and Stephan Skaanes ask whether Swiss pension funds can financially afford their promises

Sector slams government proposals for regulation on Switzerland's 1e plans

November 2016 (Magazine)By

An initial government proposal for a regulation on self-guided top-up pension plans for high earners has been slammed

Swiss market liquidity: Anything left to drink?

November 2016 (Magazine)

Robert Cranston assesses liquidity trends in Swiss markets

All Pensions in Switzerland

  • Letter From Brussels: Pension rights for posted workers

    Discussions over the payment of social costs, including pension rights, for a large cohort of employees from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to work in wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update the existing Posting of Workers Directives

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax threatens PEPP proposal

    At first sight, the benefits of the European Commission’s Pan European Personal Pension (PEPP) regulation proposal seem clear. But it did not take long for commentators to point out the considerable hurdles

  • Letter from Brussels: Reboot for Capital Markets Union

    The European Commission’s “further steps to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU)” outline nine new priority legislative actions to solve the EU’s long-term cross-border investment challenge

  • Letter from Brussels: EU seeks to avert Brexit arbitrage

    Strong words on Brexit are flying in political circles. But behind the theatre, concerns about the future of London’s fund management sector are emerging

  • Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

    In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

    Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’

  • Letter from Brussels: Resaver’s first stage kicks off

    The European Commission’s project to set up a pension scheme for research and development professionals whose careers take them across EU borders has finally reached its first stages of operation.

  • Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

    The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification. 

  • Letter from Brussels: EU focus on tax tricks

    There is increasing attention in Brussels on company reporting, taxation and offshore financial centres. The G20 and some OECD countries have demanded country-by-country reporting rules for multinational companies with a turnover over €750m

  • Letter from Brussels: Pan-EU private schemes for 2017?

    Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission

  • Letter from Brussels: A vision for cross-border workers

    A former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) has proposed a new option for occupational pensions that could help the large number of workers whose careers take them across EU internal borders.

  • Letter from Brussels: Weighty in-tray for new CMU commissioner

    Valdis Dombrovskis has assumed responsibility as commissioner in charge of the flagship Capital Markets Union project. But he has also assumed the added complication of the withdrawal of the UK

  • Letter from Brussels: Posted worker woes

    It will not be the first time that proposed revisions to EU rules affecting finance and pensions get stuck in a logjam between interests groups

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax targeting continues

    Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Ethical pressures mount

    There are plenty of indicators of rising pressure to advance ethical standards across the financial sector. One outcome takes the form of mountains of clean-up legislation, including from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Beefing up the CMU

    Inadequacy of European national court systems in the financial sphere is due for overhaul. Upgrade is necessary if the EU’s capital markets union programme (CMU) is going to get anywhere, according to a high-status paper

  • Letter from Brussels: Race to upgrade EFSI

    Legislative moves to support the EU’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are being rushed through Brussels. But, so far, evidence of any torrent of fund movement by the institutional investment sector across EU frontiers has yet to emerge.

  • Letter from Brussels: A simmering conflict

    Conflict continues to simmer over the issue of passport rights for non-EU-domiciled hedge funds across the EU

  • Letter from Brussels: A lawyer’s feast

    It is a case of tackling one challenge after another in the Capital Markets Union (CMU). According to the European Commission, the present morass of different national insolvency rules creates a barrier to the flow of capital across the EU. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Cross-border challenge for IORP II

    IORP II may have cleared the European Parliament’s committee stage but amendments tabled to the second directive covering occupational pensions since 2003 are so radical that it would be unwise to forecast its future.

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