mast image

Special Report

Impact investing

Sections

Swiss pension funds show modest recovery in 2002

SWITZERLAND – Swiss pension funds have shown a turnaround in fortunes in the first quarter of 2002, with the median manager in the InterSec balanced universe returning 1.1%, according to figures just issued by Zurich-based research group.

But the figures are not necessarily indicative of a long-term upward trend. The turnaround is a welcome improvement over last year’s average losses of 7%, but a spokesman for InterSec says Swiss pension funds are not out the woods yet.

“The good results are not conclusive proof that the troubles encountered during 2001 are over, nor can we say yet that it is the start of a long-term trend. The first quarter returns are still way below the 4% target return range that Swiss pension funds were easily reaching before last year,” he says.

InterSec blames investments in overseas equities as the main reason for the downturn and slow recovery but is curious as to why some pension fund managers in Switzerland are continuing to raise their exposure to them.

“Some managers in line with index returns have drastically cut their overseas equity weightings but others continue to allocate more and more of their assets to foreign equities. Maybe their long-term outlook is particularly optimistic,” he says.




Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

IPE QUEST

Your first step in manager selection...

IPE Quest is a manager search facility that connects institutional investors and asset managers.

  • QN-2546

    Asset class: Real Estate Equity Fund (non listed).
    Asset region: Europe.
    Size: Total CHF 600m, approx. CHF 100-300m per fund investment.
    Closing date: 2019-06-28.

Begin Your Search Here
<