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Foreign currency investments and Swiss franc bond investments (end of Q1 2015)

Investment structure at the end of Q1 2015

As at 31 March 2015, the key asset allocation data for the foreign currency investments and the Swiss franc bond investment portfolio were as follows (figures of previous quarter are indicated in brackets):

 
Foreign currency investments
CHF bond investments
Currency allocation, excluding investments and liabilities from foreign exchange swaps
 
 
 
 
CHF
-
-
100%
(100%)
USD
32%
(29%)
-
-
EUR
42%
(46%)
-
-
GBP
7%
(6%)
-
-
JPY
8%
(8%)
-
-
CAD
4%
(4%)
-
-
Other (1)
7%
(7%)
-
-
Investment categories
 
 
 
 
Investments with banks
0%
(0%)
-
-
Government bonds (2)
71%
(73%)
43%
(40%)
Other bonds (3)
11%
(12%)
57%
(60%)
Equities
18%
(15%)
-
-
 
 
 
 
 
Breakdown of fixed income assets (4)
 
 
 
 
AAA-rated
61%
(63%)
74%
(72%)
AA-rated
24%
(22%)
25%
(27%)
A-rated
10%
(10%)
1%
(1%)
Other
5%
(5%)
0%
(0%)
Investment duration (years)
4.1
(4.0)
7.7
(7.4)

(1) Mainly AUD, DKK, KRW, SEK and SGD plus small holdings in additional currencies in the equity portfolios.
(2) Government bonds in their own currencies, deposits with central banks and BIS; in the case of CHF investments, also bonds issued by Swiss cantons and municipalities.
(3) Government bonds in foreign currency, covered bonds, bonds issued by foreign local authorities, supranational organisations, corporate bonds, etc.
(4) Average rating, calculated from the ratings of the three major credit rating agencies.

Equities are managed on a purely passive basis, whereby broad market indices of advanced and emerging economies are replicated. Exchange rate and interest rate risks are managed using derivative instruments such as interest rate swaps, interest rate futures, forward foreign exchange transactions and foreign exchange options. In addition, futures on equity indices are used to manage the equity investments.

The investment structure at year-end is also published in the Annual Report under ‘Asset management’.