Friday, April 13, 2007

Draft Swiss pension law

Swiss pensions association ASIP has published a concise draft of a revised occupational pensions law to assist the ongoing debate about simplifying the overly complex current law. Surprisingly, this draft still does not refer to the prudent person rule in its asset management section. Encouragingly, the draft does away with politically set rates such as the conversion rate or the guaranteed minimum return.

At the same time, ASIP has published the executive summary of a research paper examining the alleged over-capitalisation of the Swiss second pillar with a view to reducing the full coverage requirement. Some of the arguments proffered are truly surprising: foreign investments are used as evidence of an over-abundance of capital. Unsurprisingly, the authors conclude that there is no indication for too much saving and that it is reasonable to maintain the full coverage requirement.

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