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Clarity on Pensions

Act wisely. Decide boldly.

Act wisely. Decide boldly.

Clarity on Pensions

Retirement pensions are of an extremely high social relevance. There is however a significant brake on reform that constitutes an increasing problem. With this publication, we wish to address this topic from various angles and thus make a solid contribution to the discussion on the evolution of the Swiss pension system.

Besides the overarching topic of the retirement pensions’ reform, we also explain how sustainability is integrated in asset investment, where the digitalization process stands in the world of pensions and how pensions can suddenly become an issue in the context of a transaction.

Let yourselves be inspired by our thoughts and take part in the discussion on sustainable retirement pensions which the next generations can also be proud of.

Learn more about the main aspects related to retirement pensions:

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Set today the foundations for tomorrow

Erich Meier, Head of KPMG’s Pension Competence Center, explains the main issues pertaining to retirement pensions, the reform proposals that have been made to date as well as potential solutions in order to put an end to the brake on reform.

Development
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Political interests often stand in the way

Why is it so difficult to develop viable solutions for the future? In a discussion with Ruth Humbel, National Councilor (CVP) and chairwoman of the Social Security and Health Committees, we examine the possibilities in relation with the evolution of our pension system.

> More on "Development" (PDF, in German) 

Sustainability
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Orientation on sustainability is necessary

How should pension institutions address and implement sustainability aspects? The call for an active participation of pension funds in the climate-friendly orientation of asset investment is becoming louder.

> More on "Sustainability" (PDF, in German)

Digitalization
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Automation in the world of pensions

What does digitalization in pension institutions mean? A survey carried out among digitalization project managers shows the current situation in occupational pensions as well as the future evolution.

> More on "Digitalization" (PDF, in German)

The Swiss retirement pension system

The Swiss retirement pension system is based on the three-pillar principle. The 1st pillar corresponds to the old-age and survivors insurance (AHV), the 2nd pillar to the occupational benefits (pension fund) and the 3rd pillar to voluntary personal pension planning.

Old-age and survivors insurance (AHV)
Old-age and survivors insurance (AHV)

The AHV aims to secure an appropriate standard of living and is compulsory. This includes the disability insurance (IV), the compensation for loss of earnings during service (EO) and in case of maternity as well as the unemployment insurance (ALV).

Pension fund
Pension fund

All employees who are insured within the 1st pillar and earn at least CHF 21'330 per year (status: 2020) are insured. The compulsory insurance starts at the beginning of the employment relationship, but at the earliest from the age of 17.

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We will gladly remain at your disposal to answer any further questions you may have.

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Press release

Personal interests standing in the way of pension scheme reforms

> Read press release

Critical standpoint

Pension system Switzerland: Short-term thinking to save the generational pact? 

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Audit of pension funds

Pension institutions are challenged by regulatory requirements

> Further details

Clarity on Sustainable Finance

Delivering impact without compromise

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