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How to Open a VIAC Third Pillar in a Few Easy Steps

By Baptiste Wicht | Updated: | Best retirement accounts, Retirement

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VIAC is a good third pillar. In this article, I describe the steps necessary to open a VIAC third pillar. Then, I also explain how to transfer an existing third pillar to VIAC.

As you will see, it is incredibly easy. If you think it is difficult to open a new third pillar and transfer your existing third pillar money on it, then I hope I will convince you that it is trivial! You should not delay changing a bad third pillar for a good one by the fear that it is difficult because it is not!

Open a VIAC third pillar

The first thing to do is obviously to create a new account at VIAC. This account will allow you to manage your third pillar. At VIAC, everything is done on your mobile phone. So you only need your smartphone and internet access to create an account. And it is straightforward. And the entire application is available in English, French, German, and Italian!

Here are the straightforward steps you have to do to register your account.

  1. Download the VIAC application on your phone and install it.
  2. Start the app and push the Register button.
  3. Enter your phone number and choose a strong password. Your phone number will be your login for your account. Be sure to remember your password. Ideally, you want something easy to write on your phone keyboard. You will only use this password on the phone.
  4. Enter the code that you received on your phone. You will find the code in your messages if you did not see the notification.
  5. Enter your personal information. Make sure that you enter everything correctly. It is easy to make a mistake on the phone.
  6. Enter whether you pay the AVS (first pillar) and whether you pay the second pillar. This step depends if you are self-employed or not.
  7. You need to answer a lot of questions about your investor profile. From these questions, VIAC will recommend an investing strategy (basically a portfolio) for you.
  8. Then you can choose your strategy: I recommend Global 100 if you have a long-term perspective like me. VIAC will recommend something to you based on your answers. But you are free to choose the strategy you want.
  9. Then you will need to scan your ID or passport. You can simply take a picture using the application.
  10. You can write your signature from your phone to agree to the opening of your portfolio. Once again, VIAC made it very simple!
  11. If you have a Referral code, you can enter one now. This will save you a little in fees.
  12. That is it! You now have a VIAC account!
  13. You can directly validate your mail. Go to Profile > Settings, and you will have an option to confirm your email.

And that is it already! You have a great third pillar with VIAC now!

In total, it took me less than ten minutes to open an account. And this is counting the time to write down the steps for the blog. This registration is much better than most online services. Even though I do not like phones, this went very well! They did an excellent job of simplifying the process to the maximum.

Transfer your third pillar

If you already have a third pillar account in another bank, you will want to transfer that money from your previous provider to VIAC. Thanks for VIAC, this is extremely simple!

First of all, if your third pillar money is into retirement funds in your current third pillar provider, you will need to sell the funds. You can only transfer cash. That means you may lose on the market (or gain on the market) during the transfer. It is quite possible that you are out of the market for one month or so during the transfer of your funds.

First, you need to get the transfer form document. For this, you can request it from VIAC:

  1. Open the VIAC application on your phone.
  2. Log in to the application with your phone number and password.
  3. Go to Deposit (on the bottom bar).
  4. Choose transfer (button on the bottom).
  5. Click “Send Form by Email”

Open your email account and print the PDF that VIAC just sent to you. VIAC already prefilled most of the documents for you. Therefore, you only have to fill a few pieces of information. You need to set the information about your current third pillar provider. In my case, it was PostFinance. You also need to fill the account number of your third pillar. You should be able to find this information in your e-banking or on your yearly third pillar statement.

Finally, you have to date and sign the document. You can now send the document to VIAC by mail, and they will take care of everything for you. The address is on the document. VIAC will forward the document to your current third pillar provider. And everything will follow from this.

I sent the document by mail two weeks ago. After two days, VIAC already answered me that they transferred the necessary documents to PostFinance. After this, PostFinance needed to do the transfer of the money to VIAC. It was a swift process. After one week, my money was transferred at VIAC. I was surprised by how fast it was! Once again, I am delighted with the process.

I do not know how long it will take other banks to make the transfer. However, I know that some banks are fast to do that while other banks are slow at doing it. Fortunately, PostFinance turned out to be one of the fast ones.

After I receive the money in my VIAC account, the cash will be transferred to my portfolio at the next rebalance date (tomorrow normally). Usually, a rebalance is occurring at VIAC every first day of the month. On that day, the money is allocated according to your portfolio. Before, it is only cash. I will keep you updated once my money is transferred to my portfolio.

Conclusion

I am happy with the registration process for VIAC. It is incredibly easy. It is one of the most uncomplicated registration I have done in Switzerland for quite some time. For comparison, the registration of my new private bank account at Migros Bank was much more difficult. With VIAC, everything is simple. They are off to an excellent start for me.

I received the money quickly. It went fast. In less than one month, I could sell the funds on PostFinance and transfer the funds to VIAC. And then, it was invested in my portfolio at the beginning of the next month.

To learn more about VIAC, read my Interview of Daniel Peter, the CEO of VIAC.

I should mention that I am currently not using VIAC anymore. My third pillar is with Finpension now. You can read more in my Finpension Review.

What about you? Which third pillar do you have? What do you think of VIAC?

Please do not post any referral code in the comments below.

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Baptiste Wicht started thepoorswiss.com in 2017. He realized that he was falling into the trap of lifestyle inflation. He decided to cut his expenses and increase his income. This blog is relating his story and findings. In 2019, he is saving more than 50% of his income. He made it a goal to reach Financial Independence. You can send Mr. The Poor Swiss a message here.

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42 thoughts on “How to Open a VIAC Third Pillar in a Few Easy Steps”

  1. It’s a very relevant article as more providers come into the game.

    http://www.viac.ch remains the only platform I’d invest my 3a pillar. They’ve inspired trust by an easy to use product (pc and app), customer support always worked and so far their fees are very competitive!

  2. Hello,

    Your article is very helpful. I just arrived in Swizerland and recieved my first paycheck. I would like to invest in Pillar 3a immediatly after reading this article. May I know if I shall simply transfer my cash from my UBS bank account to this VICA account? Can I transfer the entir 6883 all at once or does this need to be done on a monthly basis?

    Thanks,
    Chloe

    1. Hi Chloe,

      First, you will need to create the account and then you will find a PDF in your account with the payment information. But it’s indeed as simple as doing a wire transfer to your account.
      You can transfer the total amount at once. This is what I do every January.

  3. Hi All,

    thank you for such a great post. I also opened the account using the referral code a saved some fees

  4. Hi and thank you for your article. I invested in January2021 in Viac and until now I am really satisfied: good customer service, quick account opening as well as the possibility to choose various portfolios

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