Maximum convenience and return
for your Pillar 3a
Investing in the third pillar is simply a must.
It saves you taxes year after year, no matter which provider you choose.
We say: that's great. But it could be so much better!
Your advantages with 3a from True Wealth
Only one decision needed
More shares? More bonds? You only need to define your individual strategy once. Pillar 3a is fully integrated into our proven asset management. No more separate risk profiles, no more separate investment strategies – just one decision for your entire assets.
0.0% True Wealth fees
Good pension provision shouldn't cost a thing. That's why we at True Wealth waive management fees. And we take care to select the most favourable investment instruments, keeping annual product costs at a good 0.15% for the global and 0.25% for the sustainable investment universe.
In addition, there is 1% interest on cash.
Pillar 3a in a nutshell
- More money in retirement
With Pillar 3a you can improve your pension and secure more wealth for retirement.
- Save taxes up to the maximum amount
You are allowed to deduct the amount paid in from your taxable income.
- Early withdrawal for home ownership
If you live in the property yourself, you can use Pillar 3a funds to finance or amortise it.
- Variable deposits
You determine the amount you pay into Pillar 3a yourself.
- Flexible cash out
You can withdraw your funds five years before reaching AHV age.
Investing better automatically
We ask all the questions needed to make a good decision. Then our algorithms ensure that everything goes as planned. Three steps are all it takes, and you're already investing better. In both free assets and Pillar 3a.
How much should flow into your third pillar each year? Set the amount once as an «automatic payment». And only think about it again when you want to change the amount. Our recommendation for employed persons to save the maximum amount of tax: The maximum amount. (In 2023, this is CHF 7'056).
One account, one IBAN, one portfolio – we manage the assets from the tied pension in Pillar 3a just as simply and cleverly as your free assets. What this means for you: You only need to define your individual strategy once. And you can change it at any time with a single decision for your entire assets.
Like income tax, the taxes on third pillar withdrawals are progressive. That's why we automatically set up five retirement savings accounts for you so you can withdraw your retirement capital in stages over several years. This means that we place new payments in a different account each year on a rotating basis.
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- 15'000 clients with an active portfolio
- More than CHF 900 million in managed assets
- Award-winning digital user experience
- Excellent customer service
- No lock-in, no minimum duration
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Pillar 3a should not cost a thing
Whether you are employed, freelance or an entrepreneur: We want to introduce you to sound, long-term investments and support you in building up assets. With your Pillar 3a, you can learn free of charge how well professional asset management can work for you.
- Favourable for us, favourable for you
Technology is productive. Everyone saves time with it, both you and us. And because we save time, we also save costs. We pass on this advantage. In the third pillar, we do not charge any fees at all – we keep them as low as possible for your free assets. We also use only cost-efficient ETFs and index funds as investment instruments.
- Whoever convinces does not need to sell
We believe: If you manage your third pillar with us, then sooner or later you will also entrust us with your free assets – this saves us advertising costs, which we prefer to spend on a better return on your pension provision. We charge a small fee for the free assets, but even this is extremely competitive thanks to automation.
- Fewer fees, more return
It has been scientifically proven: You achieve the highest returns over the long term if you keep investment costs low at all levels. Despite this, some providers charge outrageous fees for investments in equities – but not True Wealth.
Only manual special cases cost a fee: More complex withdrawals require elaborate checks: If you prematurely terminate your third pillar for emigration, home ownership or self-employment, then we have to charge you for this effort.
Stagger correctly automatically
The third pillar also incurs some taxes – but this only occurs later on, once the money has been withdrawn. It takes many years until then, many think. And that's how expensive mistakes arise. We make sure that you automatically get everything right.
Like income tax, taxes on third pillar withdrawals are progressive. Those who withdraw more pay disproportionately more. This can be countered: Do not withdraw everything at once. The law allows you to withdraw a pension account five years before you reach AHV age.
Keeping five accounts
The pitfall: Each individual Pillar 3a retirement savings account must be paid out in one go. If you want to withdraw in five staggered installments, you have to open five accounts early on – even with the same provider.
Balancing the accounts
When it comes to the payout, ideally all accounts will have the same balance. If you keep all five of your accounts with us, we take care of the balance. We therefore place new deposits in a different account every year on a rotating basis.
When you transfer assets from other providers, we automatically book them in the best way: To a new, empty sub-account.
How many Pillar 3a accounts are useful?
Tax practice on the withdrawal of pension assets differs from canton to canton. For example, in addition to the direct federal tax, some cantons also apply a tax progression to lump-sum benefits from the pension scheme, but not all. With regard to progression, the tax treatment of staggered withdrawals also varies from canton to canton. If necessary, enquire with your tax authority in good time. With our solution, we try to ensure you maximum flexibility in later lump-sum withdrawals, even if you don't yet know which canton you will later withdraw your pension assets from.
Never miss a benefit
For free assets and tied pension savings: With True Wealth, one account is enough for everything.
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Put us to the test
True Wealth not only has the lowest fees in Swiss wealth management. We are also ahead on all other points. The best thing is to compare for yourself:
Pillar 3a holistically integrated into asset management
Automatic deposits (never miss out on tax benefits again)
Automatically several 3a accounts (for staggered, tax-efficient withdrawals)
Up to 99% equity exposure, choice of global or sustainable portfolio
Individual investment strategy
Transparent online reporting
Cost-efficient investment instruments (only ETF and index funds, no expensive actively managed funds)
Account-holding bank with state guarantee
Interest on cash
This comparison refers to offers with at least 50% securities content and includes the following competitors: Finpension, Frankly, Viac, Selma Finance and Inyova. Brand names are the property of their respective owners. Management costs, custody and administration fees of the pension schemes were considered; product costs (TER), stamp duties, trading spreads and currency exchange costs have been added where applicable.
Fees are subject to change.
Source: Websites of the respective providers as well as publication «Digitales Anlegen: Update 2022», a study by e.foresight and the Institute for Financial Services Zug 2022.
Questions & Answers
We are happy to answer any question you may have. You can find the most frequently asked questions right here.
When you manage your Pillar 3a with us, many things that you would usually have to take care of individually elsewhere, will happen automatically in the background. Here is an overview of the main plus points:
- Automatically save taxes
The most important thing about Pillar 3a: Pay in every year. We make it child's play to never miss a deposit again. Simply activate the automatic top-up function.
- One strategy for everything
We believe investing should be simple. Regardless of whether it's in your discretionary assets or Pillar 3a. That's why your decisions apply to both: Free assets and third pillar are based on the same risk profile and the same investment strategy.
- Even more favourable than usual
We have automated all of our investment processes to the greatest possible extent and want to pass on the benefits of digitalisation to you. In the third pillar, we therefore waive all administrative costs.
- State guarantee for the custodian bank
We do everything for security. The securities and cash holdings of your Pillar 3a are deposited with the Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank (BLKB) – a bank with a state guarantee.
True Wealth's Pillar 3a offering is free of charge and we do not charge an asset management fee on invested pension assets. Cash holdings are remunerated at an annual interest rate of 1.0 per cent. Custody account management is also free and there are no trading commissions. The ETFs in the investment universe charge all investors product costs (TER) directly from the fund – regardless of whether you place the ETFs individually in a custody account or have them managed by us. These amount to around 0.15% for the global and 0.25% for the sustainable investment universe.
Thanks to pooling & netting, we are able to avoid numerous transactions in stock exchange trading altogether and reduce the remaining costs (for example currency exchange or federal stamp duty) to a minimum. For the remaining currency conversions, advantageous conditions are applied: 10 pips or 0.10% on the foreign currency transaction volume.
Cost efficiency has always been a core promise of True Wealth. We achieve it through:
- consistent automation of processes
- innovative product design
- economies of scale
In existing client relationships, we do not incur any costs if we also manage a Pillar 3a. We are allowed to manage the funds ourselves because we have FINMA authorisation as an asset manager of pension assets – and therefore no one has to pay external licence fees.
For legal reasons, the pension assets are always held by a foundation. The 3a Digital Pension Foundation, which holds your pension assets in safekeeping, does not currently charge us any management fees.
We pass on all of these advantages in full to our clients.
No, we are not currently planning any fee increases, not even for Pillar 3a.
In our 10-year history, we have never raised prices, but we have already reduced them twice (at the beginning, we had a minimum fee of CHF 25 per quarter, which we then abolished; later, we introduced a degressive pricing for investment amounts of CHF 500'000 or more).
We assume that the trend will continue towards lower costs thanks to digitalisation.
Yes, this is possible without further ado.
If you want to invest in an untied securities portfolio at a later date, it is quite simple: All payments that exceed the annual 3a maximum amount are automatically paid into the untied funds. As soon as the untied assets exceed the minimum deposit of CHF 8'500, they are invested in an untied securities portfolio in accordance with the defined investment strategy.
Your tax saving potential
Don't miss out on any Pillar 3a tax benefits!
The general 3a tax advantage amounts to around . The True Wealth automatic replenishment prevents forgotten deposit years and contributes about another . The automatic use of multiple 3a accounts and staggered payouts can reduce the payout tax rate, which brings an additional tax advantage of around .
The 3a calculator was updated on 17.02.2023. All information subject to change.
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