What the pension funds statistics tell us

6th March 2019
-IAM, News

Erika Mesmer, Client Relationship Manager

The Federal Statistical Office published this month the pension fund statistics 2013 to 2017.

As expected, the trend of a reduction in the number of pension funds is confirmed. While at the end of 2013 there were 1957 pension funds, their number had decreased to 1643 by the end of 2017, with the largest number of reductions in the private sector.

In the low interest rate environment of recent years, the development of the asset allocation is not surprising either: bonds were slightly reduced in favour of equities, real estate and alternative investments.

With regard to the contributions of the actively insured and employers, we are however surprised to find that conditions have changed considerably in recent years. While employers still accounted for 60% of contributions in 2013, in 2017 the figure had dropped to only 55%.