Solutions to save easily in Switzerland

Hi All,

Today’s savings accounts don’t pay anything and don’t even cover inflation, so you lose money if you put money in a savings account at the bank.

What is the closest and simplest solution that can cover inflation? (for Swiss people)

Thank you for your feedback

If you don’t want to invest, you can either open a compte épargne jeunesse at Caisse d’épargne d’Aubonne with 1.25% interest if you are younger than 30, or 0.25%/0.5% if you are older than that. Or you can open a Compte d’épargne bonus at WIR bank. Rate is 0.1% but it goes to 0.3% if you bring at least 5000k on each beggining of the year. You can even buy cashier bonds at Caisse d’épargne d’Aubonne : 1% for 5 or 6 years or 1.25% for 7 or 8 years. Coop Caisse de dépot/Depositenkasse gives you 0.2% but it is not a bank so the money must legally stay 6 month with them before you can withraw.

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What are you saving for ? How much ? For how long ? What flexibility for withrawal do you need ? Do you need a proper e-banking associated with it so you can get the money easily ?

Hi,

Thanks for your answer :slight_smile:

In order to have more than 1% profitability, today you only have to invest in the stock market, on Degiro for example?

It’s to invest for 20 years, after 20 years I should be able to withdraw the money “easily”.

Let me explain, my brother and I are going to inherit the family apartment via “USUFRUIT”, we would like to “build” a savings fund, the day the apartment will be ours and cover the costs of the beginning.

Thanks

How much does it matter whether you have less money than you put initially?

Hi SoCh,

Curiosity had me subscribe. I’m not sure I really understand your situation.

  1. Are you inheriting the apartment now while your parents keep the “usufruit”?

  2. Are you inheriting the “usufruit” while your parents remain the owners of the apartment?

  3. Is the 20 years term a sure thing (i.e.: will you inherit the apartment in 20 years or is it dependent upon other factors (your parents living there for longer or shorter than that, for example)?

If you and your brother are now the owners of the apartment and there is a mortgage on it, a possibility is to put the money into paying the principal on the mortgage. This should beat inflation (which is really low in Switzerland nowadays).

If you’re not yet the owner of the apartment but there is a mortgage on it that won’t be completely paid off in 20 years, an option is to save the money in a 3A account, either through a bank, if you are very risk averse, or through VIAC if you want to try your hand at some stocks/bonds. The tax advantages should also beat inflation and, provided you’re going to use that apartment as your primary house, you should be able to use the money in your 3A for that (complexities may arise if you own another house and/or you have already used your 3A/2nd pillar for one, I’d advise speaking with a specialist in welfare about it. Don’t buy any of the insurances (s)he might try to sell you, though).

If you need to save more money than what you can claim as a 3A contribution, you can ask your pension fund if there’s a lack of contributions in your 2nd pillar that you could fill while benefiting from the tax advantages. It would be locked for 3 years and could not be used for many things but should be available to pay off a mortgage provided it is on your primary house and the law doesn’t change until then (it very well might).

Stocks are an option for a 20 years investing time horizon but there is a risk involved and it’s important that you are familiar with it and willing to take it. I’d talk about it thoroughly with your brother before diving in.

Edit: Or will you need the money in 20 years not to pay off the potential mortgage but to settle the sharing of the estate with your brother (i.e. : you want to keep the apartment and will have to pay half of its value to your brother)?

Hello,

@ nabalzbhf: I don’t want to lose money.

@ Wolverine:

The parents are the owners until the end of their lives, after that we automatically become the owners.

My brother and I already own a house and I own an apartment, As a result, we already have indirect depreciation via a 3A, to pay off the mortgage.

Originally, it was an idea between my brother and me, to put some money aside in order to pay some expenses and/or if we need to do some renovations/repairs at the time we are going to get the apprenticeship back.

But I’m just wondering if this is a good idea, because we’re going to lose on inflation…

Ok so if saving is not a good solution and if 3A is not possible because we already have one, what are the solutions? Not much choice but to invest.

Thank you for your advice, it’s rewarding

Then you don’t have much choice, cash/savings account (risk free bonds have negative yields).

Saving is always an option. The CPI (Consumer Price Index, which is used to reflect inflation) for 2019 in Switzerland is 0.4%. Saving with a “Bonussparkonto” at bank WIR can yield up to 0.7% (provided you save more than 5,000.- a year and buy 25 shares of the bank (roughly 10,000.- with roughly 2.5% dividends).

Then you have term deposits, which I wouldn’t advise since the rates are very low. My Raiffeisen offers 0.4% for a 10 years term, for example.

For a time horizon longer than 10 years and assets meant to grow over a year of expenses (rough personal estimate), I’d still consider investing part of it (say 10% if you’re very conservative) in a fund of your choice (one single fund or robo-adivisory counsels, to keep it simple). People here will probably advise Degiro or IB, I’m using Vaud Kantonalbank’s TradeDirect because I’m investing in individual swiss stocks and want to be able to use the voting part of my shares and don’t mind paying extra fees for that (Swissquote would offer that too, I’ll have to investigate that option).

If you don’t want to risk loosing money and are willing to put in more than 5,000.- a year, the WIR Bonussparkonto is the best option in my opinion. The “buying shares” part is optional and carries a risk of going to zero but I don’t see it as very significant so I’d personally put 10,000.- in it to chase the better yields. Of course, your mileage may vary and if 10,000.- would be a significant part of your savings and you don’t want to risk them at all, you can skip it and settle for a 0.3% total yield (it was at 0.6% a few months ago so it might raise again if the situation regarding yields gets better).

Edit: if you have a mortgage, another option would be to pay it off, then dip in it again (or get a new one) when you need the money for your parents’ appartment. Paying off debt is a way of getting fixed interest on your money (by canceling negative interest) and as long as the collateral is still there and you still have a salary (assuming you do), increasing the mortgage (or getting a new one if you have written it off entirely) will still be an option to get liquidity when the need arises (that’s how my parents (and most other people of their generation where I live) have done it: live off your salary, buy a house, pay off the mortgage as a way to use your potential extra cash, live off AHV+2nd pillar in retirement).

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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer :smiley:

In the end, after discussion, we’re not going to do a savings account.

I’ll keep my “security cushion” in my current savings account.and I’m gonna invest in Degiro

Thanks

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Glad you’ve found what works for you. Enjoy the journey! :slight_smile:

Hi,
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