The statutory pension insurance scheme and the Pension Fund are completely separate systems which are governed solely by their own rules.
The two systems are financed very differently. The statutory pension insurance scheme is a pay-as-you-go system, which is also known as an intergenerational agreement. This means that the contributions being paid today are used to finance the payments made to current pension recipients. This is leading to ever-growing problems because the number of pension recipients is rising all the time, while the number of people paying contributions is falling. The statutory pension insurance scheme does not make any capital investments and no interest is added to the contributions paid.
The Pension Fund, on the other hand, is a funded scheme. The contributions paid in are invested and, following the deduction of very low administrative costs, the participants are the sole beneficiaries of the interest earnt. This means that the pension paid to you by the Pension Fund is calculated solely on the basis of the contributions you pay into your personal contribution account. The VwdA only takes into account the contributions you have paid and contribution-free periods (e.g. during education) are not considered. For more information on this, please also read about how we take parental leave into account.
The benefits paid by the Pension Fund consist of a retirement pension, disability pension and a survivors’ allowance (widow’s or widower’s pension and orphan’s allowance). The benefits are powerful, secure and flexible so you can plan for your future. All our benefit payments are tailored to architects’ requirements.