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Asset managers manage the pensions and savings of millions of people in Switzerland, the EU and globally.
As people get older, they need to save more for retirement. By investing and managing investment risks on behalf of pension funds in a professional and cost-efficient way, asset managers contribute to the health and sustainability of pension systems. Asset managers provide solutions that help to close the widening savings gap.
Switzerland has a well established pension system
With about CHF 1'000 billion, Swiss pension savings account for about 130% of gross domestic product. This is among the highest figures worldwide. Based on the well established Swiss pension system, asset managers have acquired a lot of experience and expertise in managing pension assets.
Source: OECD. Based on 2018 year-end figures
Market returns are a key contributor
Approximately a third of today’s assets in Swiss pension funds have been generated by market returns (the so-called “third contributor”). Between 2009 and 2018, pension assets generated by market returns accounted for 28% of total contributions.
Source: Federal Statistic Office
Proposed solutions to close the pension gap
The Swiss pension system is recognised worldwide as exemplary. And as illustrated above, the third contributor is an important factor in the asset growth of pension funds. Nevertheless, the pension gap is growing steadily. So what can we do to ensure that older, but above all young contributors will continue to receive a pension that is sufficient to live on? The information platform «More returns for secure pensions» shows current proposals for solutions (in german / french).