Professional Invest

Professional Invest is the latest semi-autonomous collective foundation from AXA. The AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits is Switzerland’s biggest semi-autonomous collective foundation.

  • Switzerland’s biggest semi-autonomous collective foundation
  • Investment and management of the pension assets by AXA
  • Transparency and ability to plan thanks to interest model

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As a semi-autonomous collective foundation, the AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits is subject to less restrictive regulatory requirements than full-value insurance. This solution offers the potential for better investment returns, higher interest on the retirement assets, and therefore higher benefits in old age and higher vested benefits – but with the same, high level of security as before. In a semi-autonomous solution, the incongruous redistribution from active insured persons to pensioners can be reduced. You can therefore benefit as an entrepreneur, together with your employees, from considerably better value for money: You all pay lower risk contributions for your pension solution.

What are the advantages of Professional Invest?

  • Individual pension plan design
  • The Board of Trustees sets the investment strategy
  • Investment and management of the pension assets by AXA
  • All returns on investments flow back to the collective foundation
  • Attractive risk and cost premiums     
  • Fair conversion rates:
    • Men, retirement age 65: mandatory 6.8%, extra-mandatory 5.0%
    • Women, retirement age 64: mandatory 6.8%, extra-mandatory 4.88%
  • Transparent interest model

About the foundation

The AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits, Winterthur, was established on June 8, 1984. Its purpose is to manage the occupational old-age, survivors’ and disability benefits insurance of its affiliated companies. As well as providing mandatory occupational benefits insurance, it also offers pension plans that exceed the minimum requirements of the law.

Features and concept

Management of investments

  • The Board of Trustees defines the investment strategy; the collective foundation with its affiliated pension funds bears the investment risk.
  • The assets are invested by AXA Asset Management.

Protection of pension benefits

  • Benefits due if an insured person becomes disabled or dies before retirement age are reinsured with AXA Life Ltd.
  • The Foundation pays the retirement benefits and the associated surviving dependants' pensions in the event of an insured person's death after retirement age.

Interest model

  • The interest model determined by the Board of Trustees increases transparency and the ability to plan for affiliated customers. 
  • The interest paid on retirement assets is based on the expected coverage ratio at the end of the year.

Administration and management

  • AXA Life Ltd.

Key figures

Key figures of AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits

Performance AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the  AXA Foundation for Occupational Benefits is composed of the following members:

  • Gabriela Grob Hügli (Chair)

    Gabriela Grob Hügli (Chair)

    Employee representative

    Procap, Olten
    Attorney, Employee

  • Christoph Burkhalter

    Christoph Burkhalter

    Employee representative

    Avaloq Evolution AG, Zurich
    Deputy Head Innovation

  • Sandro Caluori

    Sandro Caluori

    Employee representative

    Corestone Investment Managers AG, Zug
    Director, Investment Solutions

  • Hanspeter Herger

    Hanspeter Herger

    Employee representative

    Swiss PGA, Epalinges
    Marketing / Sponsoring

  • Urs Flück

    Urs Flück

    Employer representative

    Mathys AG Bettlach, Bettlach

  • Elisabeth Meyerhans Sarasin

    Elisabeth Meyerhans Sarasin

    Employer representative

    Meyerhans & Partner GmbH, Zurich
    Managing Director

  • Christoph Senti

    Christoph Senti

    Employer representative

    Christoph Senti AG, Altstätten

  • Massimo Tognola

    Massimo Tognola

    Employer representative

    Fidam Servizi SA, Chiasso

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AXA's collective foundations stand out due to the considerable flexibility of their structures. Find out more about the other collective foundations available from AXA. 


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