After-Work Lecture: Challenges pension funds face due to low interest rates

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Lukas Riesen, CFA


26.03.2015 17:30 - 19:00


For any pension scheme, the purpose of investing is to fund future benefits. The continuous decline of interest rates represents a huge challenge and pension funds are struggling to find ways to ensure financing of future benefits.
Finding an answer requires a thorough understanding of the characteristics of pension liabilities, assets and the interdependence of the two over time. Apart from longevity or mortality risk, pension funds predominantly have to cope with investment risks. This can be offset in two different ways – either by taking advantage of existing risk capital or by adjusting future contributions and benefits.
We discuss expected investment return, appropriate levels of investment risk and the impact on risk bearers.


Professionals from Corporations, Banks, Asset and Investment Management Companies, Insurance Companies, Financial Advisory Services, Tax Administration, Lawyers, Trustees, Fund Managers and Financial Auditors. Graduate and undergraduate students with interest in investments and finance.


Dr. Lars Kaiser




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