Vita Classic

Vita Classic

For companies that value attractive interest rates in their pension provision

With Vita Classic we offer sustainable occupational pension solutions that you can be flexibly adapted to your needs. Your pension contributions can earn attractive interest thanks to the Vita Classic pension model. This pension model is based on a proven, broadly diversified investment strategy. Trust in Vita Classic's long term experience and the combined expertise of the Vita collective foundation and Zurich Insurance.


  • Stable returns thanks to a proven and broadly diversified investment strategy
  • Clear participation of policyholders in the investment success
  • Fair distribution of investment income
  • Interest rate reserve for weak investment years
  • Base interest rate and possible additional interest known in advance

This is how Vita Classic works

In the case of Vita Classic, the pension capital is managed by the Vita Joint Foundation. This means that the investment income benefits the employees of the affiliated companies in the form of attractive interest earned.  In addition, each affiliated company has a say in the governance of Vita Classic. The administration committee can nominate candidates for the foundation board as employees' or employers' representatives.

Interest earned on retirement savings capital

The total interest earned under the Vita Classic pension planning model consists of base interest and any additional interest.Thanks to the high investment income in past years, customers of the Vita Joint Foundation have benefited from total interest earned that is higher than average.

Affiliation in
Total interest earned in % 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019*
2019 BVG mandatory retirement savings 2.40 1.40 1.40 1.00 1.00
Super-mandatory retirement savings 2.65 1.65 1.65 1.25 1.25
2018 BVG mandatory retirement savings 2.40 1.40 1.40 1.00 -
Super-mandatory retirement savings 3.15 2.15 2.15 1.75 -
2017 BVG mandatory retirement savings 2.00 1.00 1.00 - -
Super-mandatory retirement savings 2.50 1.50 1.50 - -
2016 BVG mandatory retirement savings 2.25 1.25 - - -
Super-mandatory retirement savings 3.00 2.00 - - -
2015 BVG mandatory retirement savings 2.65 - - - -
Super-mandatory retirement savings 3.40 - - - -
* New customers with contracts starting in 2019 earn interest at a base rate of 1.00% on mandatory contributions and 1.25% on voluntary contributions.

Minimum statutory interest rate

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 
BVG minimum interest rate in % 1.75 1.25 1.00 1.00 1.00 

Coverage ratio & performance

Assets in CHF billion
Coverage ratio II
Investment Performance

In detail

Investment strategies

The investment strategy is defined by the Investment Committee of the Vita Joint Foundation and approved by the Foundation Council. A balanced asset allocation with equity and real asset holdings and alternative investments helps stabilize returns over the long term.

The investment strategy is long-term in nature and is adjusted on an ongoing basis to accord with the risk-return profile of the Foundation. A strategy of broad investment diversification is pursued in order to buffer against short-term volatility in the capital markets.

Vita Classic investment strategy

The Vita Joint Foundation has 60.96% of its portfolio in equities and bonds. The ten largest positions in these asset classes are stated below along with the respective percentages these comprise of the overall portfolio. 

Ten largest positions, equities CHF million in % of equities in % of portfolio
Nestlé SA 208.1 5.31 1.39
Novartis AG 166.2 4.24 1.11
Roche Holding AG 138.1 3.52 0.92
Apple Inc.
66.4 1.70 0.44 Inc. 58.8 1.50 0.39
Microsoft Corp 56.0 1.43 0.37
Alphabet Inc.
51.4 1.31 0.34
Visa Inc. 40.6 1.04 0.27
UBS Group AG 39.1  1.00 0.26
The Boeing Co 35.1 0.90 0.23
As of: 03/31/2019


Ten largest positions, bonds CHF million in % of bonds in % of portfolio
United States of America 508.3 10.24 3.39
French Republic 181.7 3.66 1.21
Pfandbriefbank schweizerischer Hypothekarinstitute 153.1 3.08 1.02
Swiss Confederation 132.9 2.67 0.89
Pfandbriefzentrale der schweizerischen Kantonalbanken AG 104.3 2.10 0.70
Kingdom of Spain 60.2 1.21 0.40
Federal Republic of Germany 57.1 1.15 0.38
Credit Agricole SA 49.3 0.99 0.33
Oesterreichische Kontrollbank 45.4 0.91 0.30
Total SA 44.9 0.90 0.30
As of: 03/31/2019

Exercising of shareholder voting rights

Shareholder voting rights in exchange-traded domestic and foreign companies are exercised by the Zurich Investment Foundation. The Vita Joint Foundation invests exclusively in equity categories utilized by the Zurich Investment Foundation.

The Foundation Board

The board of trustees is the supreme management body of the Vita Collective Foundation and is responsible, among other things, for the investments.

Further information about the foundation board

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