The Three Pillars of Retirement in Switzerland

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The previous three posts of the series covered the three pillars of retirement in Switzerland:

In this final post of the series, I am going to summarize over the entire system. I am also going to talk about how early retirement works in this system.

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The Third Pillar of Retirement in Switzerland

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In our Three Pillars of Retirement of Switzerland series, we already talked about the first and second pillar. We now have to cover the most important of the three pillars: The Third Pillar.

The third pillar is the only one that is not mandatory. Everybody is free to choose to invest in the third pillar or not. It is simpler than the second pillar. But there are much more choices than you can make. You can optimize a lot of things for your third pillar. I believe it is very important to optimize the investment of the third pillar as much as possible. Once you reach retirement, your second pillar should still be larger than your third pillar. But there is not a lot of things you can do with your second pillar.

In this post, you will find all the details you need to invest in a third pillar. And also, what you can do to optimize your use of this last pillar.

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Lessons Learned after 6 Months of Blogging

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I just realized that this blog has been already been alive for more than six months already! Happy blogging anniversary The Poor Swiss!

The first post on this blog is from October 10. At that point, I hosted it directly on wordpress.com. It has only been self-hosted since March 2 with bluehost.

I started blogging here to motivate me to save more each month. In the beginning, my finances were in really bad shape. I had to reduce a lot my expenses and I was also lucky to increase my income. Since the beginning, my savings rate have increased. March 2018 was my best month with more than 46% savings rate! I am starting to get more confident about my finances. Of course, it is still not perfect, but it is better. I want to improve them progressively over time. I do not think there is a perfect budget. One can always improve his budget.

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The Second Pillar of Retirement in Switzerland

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This post is part 2 of 4 in the series The three pillars of Retirement in Switzerland.

 

We have studied the first pillar and Switzerland three pillars system in the previous post in the series. Now, it is time to see the second pillar. The first pillar covers the basic needs of everybody. If you did not read the previous part, I would encourage you to do it before you read this article.

The second pillar is here to cover a larger part of your salary than the first one. It is an occupational pension. If you never worked, you will never pay anything for this and you will never receive anything from this. It is significantly more complicated than the first pillar.

In this post, I am going to give you all the important details as possible on the second pillar. I am also going to help you understand what you can do to improve it.

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The First Pillar of Retirement in Switzerland

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This post is part 1 of 4 in the series The three pillars of Retirement in Switzerland.

 

Switzerland retirement system is based on a system with three pillars. Each pillar is paid in a different manner and will cover different needs. If you are working in Switzerland, it is important to know these three pillars. Even if you do not plan to retire in Switzerland, it is extremely important to know how they work. This will help you plan your retirement.

In a series of posts, I will try to give you enough information on these three pillars. The goal is that you have a good understanding of how they work. And also what you can do with them to improve your retirement. In this first post of the series, I will introduce the system and talk about the first pillar.

I am going to use the French acronyms in this post. But the figure at the top of this post has the acronyms in English as well.

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How to Integrate Second Pillar in Your Net Worth

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I have monitored my net worth since October 2017. But until now I have not considered my second pillar into it. Why? Because I do not get a monthly report on my second pillar. However, I do not really need this monthly report since I can extrapolate from the yearly values. Before, I just was too lazy to do it. But laziness is not an excuse, especially for personal finances!

So, I decided to stop being lazy and do it. In this post, we are going to see why you should integrate your second pillar into your net worth. And we are going to see how to integrate it. It is very simple. And it will make your net worth calculation much more accurate. I believe it is very important to have an accurate view of your net worth.

If you do not know your net worth, first take a look at how to calculate your net worth. I strongly encourage everybody to compute his net worth. It is an important indicator, especially if you want to become financially independent.

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How to See Total Result on DEGIRO Mobile Application

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In my review of DEGIRO, I mentioned that something I really did not like was that it was not possible to see the total result of the position in the mobile application. The application is only able to display the daily result of each position of your portfolio. Personally, I do not really care about the daily variations of my portfolio. I am much more interested in the total results of my portfolio. This is what most long-term investors should care about.

However, I just found out it was, in fact, possible to see this information on the DEGIRO mobile application. It took me quite a while to figure out how to find this information. It is just not really intuitive. Or maybe, it is just me. But once you know it, it is really easy to use. Since it was not easy for me to find it, I am going to post my findings for all of you!

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March 2018 Update – Excellent month

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It is now time to make the point about March 2018. Compared to the very poor February month, March 2018 is a great month :)

Not a lot of things happened this month. But that is not bad. I like quiet months. And I was able to save a large part of my income this month. This is great after a bad month.

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Review of DEGIRO as a Broker for Swiss Investor

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(This post was first published on Mustachian Post. Thanks a lot to MP for the opportunity of guest posting.)

I have now been using DEGIRO for about four months. I think It is now time for a review of the tool.

It’s important to mention that I never tried any other broker. I decided to use DEGIRO four months ago based on costs. Moreover, I am a computer scientist, so no issues with potential tech issues. Finally, my portfolio is very small, so my experience may not compare to yours.

Note: The links to DEGIRO are affiliate links. If you use them to create an account, you will receive 20 CHF and I will receive 20 CHF as well.

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DEGIRO Updated its Cash Funds Structure

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DEGIRO just updated a few things about the cash you hold in your account.

Since Netherlands investment firms are not permitted to hold cash, Degiro invest the cash from your account in a money market fund. There is a separate money market fund for each currency that you can hold with Degiro. Money market funds are principally investing in government bonds, with very high quality. However, the interest rates are very low and even negative for many European countries. Therefore, some money market funds, such as the EUR or CHF cash funds, have a negative interest rate.

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