How to deal with 3a subscription and redemption fees when choosing more than one fund?

Hello everyone

I switched to finpension and i want to recreate an All World portfolio with them. My problem is, that all funds have subscription and redemption fees.

This is what i came up with:

  1. 70% World ex CH TER: 0.00% Subscription fee: 0.05% Redemption fee: 0.08%

  2. 12% World ex CH smallcap TER: 0.09% Subscription fee: 0.13% Redemption fee: 0.09%

  3. 15 % Emerging Markets TER: 0.09% Subscription fee: 0.16% Redemption fee: 0.30%

  4. 2% SMI TER: 0.00% Subscription fee: 0.05% Redemption fee: 0.05%

  5. 1% Cash

From my understanding, every month when it rebalances, i will be forced to pay redemption fees, because it might sell soms of my funds. You can see for EM the redemption fee is 0.3%, which is huge.

Is it even worth to use different funds or should i just use one single fund and nothing else, so i dont have to rebalance? If so, which one? Probably the World ex CH?

Thank you

The redemption fee is only applicable on the buy/sell part.

Finpension is doing an internal rebalancing, so the cost will be lower.
For exemple, if customer 1 buys and customer 2 sells. Finpension will simply transfer the ownership between the two customers without any fees.

Thats what they told me. They call it “netting”.

Finpension has like 100 appstore downloads, i doubt they have so many costumers to swap around with…
Do you really believe, that they will do a decent job rebalancing? Im just scared that they gonna be selling/buying EM all the time with that huge fee, when theyre rebalancing.

Whats your opinion on the portfolio i came up with?

Even without the internal rebalancing don‘t forget that it would only be charged on the rebalanced amount. Looking at Emerging Markets and All-World indices, the market cap of EM equities has hovered pretty constantly at around (slight above?) 10% - similarly to the US‘ share of around 55%.

So assume the share of EM in your portfolio fluctuates by about 1 percentage point each month:
That would incur costs of approximately 1/15 * 0.003 * 12 ≈ 0.24% per year.

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One additional thought: In Pillar 3a, you often make continuous deposits. If you make monthly deposits, you may never need to sell any funds but just buy more or less of the individual positions. And in the unlikely event a sale is necessary, it will most likely be netted with other customers because they make more often deposits than withdrawals.


Thank you for the math. So do you recommend this all world approach?

I tought about this too but figured at one point the monthly deposit wont be enough anymore.

Do you recommend recreating the all world ?

2% SMI is negligible. Won‘t make a meaningful difference.
I wouldn’t bother with anything less than 10 or at least 5 percent.

Otherwise, it‘s an All-world portfolio with a bit small caps and Emerging Markets mixed in.
Looks good, I‘d say, if you don’t want any Swiss exposure (you’re might already have it through real estate or your job)!?

If a home bias was desired, I‘d probably substitute the World small-cap fund with a Swiss mid-/small cap fund.*

World large-cap will be rather highly correlated to World small-cap.
Swiss large-cap will be rather highly correlated to World large-cap, due to globalization (that is, unless one of the big three messes up significantly).
Swiss small caps, less so.

* not saying you should.

Thank you

Im not looking for swiss exposure above the marketcap because i hope one day to retire in another country so i dont desire home bias.

I use my “standard” portfolio which is basically all world stocks + 5% real estate. With the finpension / Credit Suisse funds this is:

finpension can buy fractions of funds, so I opted for an all world portfolio replicating the “Vanguard FTSE All-World” ETF (VWRL). E.g. after my first payment I own just 0.025 “CSIF (CH) Equity Emerging Markets Blue DB”.
As the Credit Suisse funds are special pension funds, they have low TER and are exempt from stamp duty as well as withholding tax. This should compensate for any eventual redemption fees.

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