Performance, Funding Ratio and Interest Rate

Performance provides information on investment success, as represented by interest income, dividends and changes in the valuation of individual investments. It measures them in relation to assets to enable comparison with reference values such as benchmarks and sector indices.

The funding ratio measures the Pension Fund’s assets in relation to its actuarial pension liabilities. If the funding ratio is below 100%, the Pension Fund has a funding deficiency, and if it is above 100%, it has a funding surplus. A funding ratio of exactly 100% means that all the Pension Fund’s obligations can be met. If the GastroSocial Pension Fund can generate a funding surplus, it can build up fluctuation reserves, thus helping to cushion the fluctuations on the financial markets.

The BVG minimum interest rate is the minimum interest that has to be paid on pension assets by Swiss pension funds. This minimum interest rate is usually reviewed in autumn by the Federal Council and adjusted for the next year, if necessary. At the end of the year, the Board of Trustees then determines the final retroactive interest rate for the retirement assets based on the performance that was achieved as well as the provisional interest rate for the next year.



(Benchmark: 5.35%)

Funding ratio:



at 31/05/2019

After four very strong investment months, May was marked by pronounced market uncertainty owing to the unexpected escalation of the trade war between the US and China as well as threats by President Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico. This led to the equity markets posting their first month of negative performance for the year, while yields on government bonds considered to be safe dropped substantially and led to valuation gains.

Our broadly diversified portfolio focusing on moderate growth lagged slightly behind the benchmark, as is usual when markets are temporarily driven by sentiment. Nevertheless, with a cumulative return of 5.30%, absolute performance was still very good.

The technical interest rate i is 2.75%.

The technical interest rate serves to measure future pension liabilities. It determines how much capital is required for the pension benefits that have been promised. The expected financial market developments have a strong impact on the interest rate level. The technical interest rate should not be confused with the rate of interest on retirement assets or the BVG minimum interest rate.

Quarter Performance accumulated Funding ratio
1.2019 5.28% 120.3%


Interest rates 2018/2019  

Final interest rates for Pension Fund assets for 2018

(mandatory and extra-mandatory assets)


Provisional interest rate for 2019

(mandatory and extra-mandatroy assets)


BVG minimum interest for 2019


The Board of Trustees will determine the final interest rates for 2019 in November 2019.

Historical performance, funding ratio and interest rate data


Average performance 2009 – 2018 = 4.74%

Funding ratio

Average funding ratio 2009 – 2018 = 110.9%

Interest rates

Average interest rate 2009 – 2018 =  1.775%

(The above figures are not guaranteed!)