Investment Foundations To continue, you must confirm that you are a Swiss pension fund.

Only tax-exempt occupational pension schemes under pillar 2 and pillar 3a domiciled in Switzerland and patronal welfare funds (in accordance with BVG) are authorised investors in the UBS Foundation for the Investment of Pension Fund Assets investment groups.

The investment groups of UBS Investment Foundation 2 (AST 2) are only open to occupational pension plans domiciled in Switzerland that are entered in the register of occupational pension plans in accordance with Art. 48 and Art. 61 of the Swiss Federal Law on Occupational Retirement, Survivors’ and Disability Pension Plans. In accordance with the memorandum of understanding concluded in 2004, the investment groups are only subject to withholding tax on dividends from US equities if they do not meet this precondition.

The investment groups of the UBS Investment Foundation 3 are available only in the occupational pension schemes which are registered for professional pensions pursuant to Art.48 of the Federal Pension Funds Law (BVG) in connection with Art. 61 BVG. This condition must be met for asset groups to be released from paying withholding taxes on dividends from American shares, in accordance with the so-called Mutual Agreement of 2004.

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UBS Investment Foundations Investment solutions for collective pension plans

The UBS investment foundations are tax-exempt and collectively invest the assets of Swiss pensions. They are members of the Conference of Managers of Investment Foundations (KGAST) and are controlled by the Supervisory Commission for Occupational Pensions (OAK). That is why they have to meet high quality standards.

UBS Investment Foundations

Your benefits with our investment foundations

With the UBS investment foundations, you benefit from our investment knowledge and all the advantages of a proven foundation structure for pension funds. These are your most important benefits at a glance:

  • Proven governance structure with investors’ meeting, co-determination right and foundation council
  • Strict controls by the external (statutory) auditors and supervisory authorities
  • Investments are tax-exempt and not liable for state, community, federal or stamp tax
  • Simple securities accounting and administration thanks to reinvestment of all income, recovery of withholding tax and investment groups exempt from US withholding tax 
  • No deposit fees for the claims of investment groups
  • BVG-compliant [Federal Law on Occupational Retirement, Survivors' and Disability Plans] comprehensive solutions with four investment styles and up to three investment strategies
  • Wide range of real value investment in Switzerland and abroad
  • Professional portfolio management, independent of the investment volume
  • Transparency due to high liquidity (exception: some real estate and infrastructure investments)
  • With UBS Voice, you can simply and easily cast your voting preference.

Talk with your UBS client advisor or contact the UBS investment foundations if you would like to know more or subscribe to claims.


Our solutions for you

We offer institutional investors in Switzerland investment groups of all common asset classes in three foundations:

  • If you wish to invest in classic investments, select UBS AST 1.
  • If you wish to avoid withholding tax on dividends from US stocks, select UBS AST 2.
  • If you wish to invest in non-listed global real estate investments and infrastructure investments, select UBS AST 3.

All three UBS investment foundations are tax-exempt and collectively invest assets.

UBS Investment Foundation 1 has existed since 1972 and invests its assets in classic investments in a total of 36 investment groups.

Who can subscribe to claims?

Funds in the 2nd pillar and pillar 3a and other tax-exempt funds with a registered office in Switzerland, which serve occupational pension plans. Before the first investment, the management of UBS investment foundations must necessarily approve the "AST 1 Investor Declaration".

UBS Investment Foundation 2 has existed since 2005 and invests its assets in 13 investment groups. It was founded - thanks to the double taxation agreement between Switzerland and the US - to avoid the withholding tax on dividends from US stocks.

Who can subscribe to claims?

All Swiss pension funds registered in the register for occupational pension plan insurance:

  • • Swiss pension funds covering only the mandatory portion of the occupational pension plan insurance
  • Swiss pension funds that are active in the mandatory and non-mandatory portion of the occupational pension plan, so-called comprehensive pension funds
  • Pension funds for managers only, if they provide clearly regulated services
  • Swiss pension funds, which are managed as a collective or community foundation
  • Swiss investment foundations that are themselves open to exclusively qualifying Swiss pension funds
  • Vested benefits foundations

As non-qualifying pension funds, welfare foundations, funding foundations and "Pillar 3a" foundations apply. Before the first investment, the management of UBS investment foundations must necessarily approve the "AST 2 Investor Declaration".

UBS Investment Foundation 3 has existed since 2007 and invests its assets in non-listed global real estate and infrastructure investments.

Who can subscribe to claims?

All Swiss pension funds, which are registered in the register for occupational pension plans:

  • Swiss pension funds covering only the mandatory portion of the occupational pension plan insurance
  • Swiss pension funds that are active in the mandatory and non-mandatory portions of the occupational pension plan, so-called comprehensive pension funds
  • Pension funds for managers only, if they provide clearly regulated services
  • Swiss pension funds, which are managed as a collective or community foundation
  • Swiss investment foundations that are themselves open to exclusively qualifying Swiss pension funds
  • Vested benefits foundations

As non-qualifying pension funds, welfare foundations, funding foundations and "Pillar 3a" foundations apply. Before the first investment, the management of UBS investment foundations must necessarily approve the "AST 3 Investor Declaration".

UBS AST 3 Global Real Estate (ex CH) Subscription

Download the PDF form "Binding Subscription Application/Purchase Order (PDF, 107 KB)" and send your completed and signed application to 

UBS Investment Foundation 3
BTYL-E4C
P.O. Box
8098 Zurich
Fax 044 234 89 66

Investment Groups

We offer Swiss pension funds a full range of investment groups in all common asset classes.


News

The investment group UBS AST 3 Global Real Estate (ex CH) celebrates its fifth anniversary. It has become an important portfolio building block for approximately 200 Swiss pension funds. Without the confidence of our investors in the UBS investment foundation, this would not have been possible.