Socially responsible pension saving with Pricos
Managed by KBC Asset Management NV
- Socially responsible pension saving
- Potential tax relief of up to 30%
- Start from as little as 10 euros per month
Why save for your pension with Pricos?
Pricos enables you to save tax efficiently for your pension. In other words, saving for later also gives you the potential to earn a tidy tax break. Saving tax efficiently means you could pay up to 30% less tax on the amount you save each year. Whether you qualify for that benefit and how large it is depends on your personal situation. With Pricos, you can start putting money away from as little as 10 euros a month.
Find out more about this pension savings fund
Who can save for their pension with Pricos?
Any taxpayer under 65 who wishes to earn tax relief can set aside money for their retirement¹ by investing in our Pricos pension savings fund. If you start pension saving as soon as you start earning an income, you'll be able to save for many years and build up some savings to fall back on when you retire. However, pension saving can also offer benefits to those who have been working for a number of years.
What is Pricos?
Pricos is a mutual fund (pension savings fund) under Belgian law. KBC Asset Management NV manages the fund, which aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in a mix of shares and bonds. At present, the fund is investing more of its assets in shares. The asset allocation of such a fund is subject to certain legal limits, i.e. no more than 75% of the assets may be invested in either bonds or shares. The fund may not hold more than 10% of its assets in cash. In addition, no more than 20% of its assets may be denominated in a currency other than the euro.
Socially responsible pension saving
The fund promotes a combination of environmental and social characteristics, but does not aim to invest in economic activities that contribute to achieving environmental or social targets.
To ensure the fund retains its socially responsible character, the issuers (such as companies and governments) are subject to a double screening procedure.
The screening is performed by a specialised research team from KBC Asset Management and a group of independent experts. The fund may not invest in assets issued by entities that are excluded on the basis of a number of criteria, including those relating to tobacco, gambling, weapons, fur & exotic leather and adult entertainment. The research team also compares governments with each other and companies from the same industry group using certain SRI (Sustainable and Responsible Investing) criteria.
For companies, these criteria relate to:
- the environment
- corporate governance
For governments, the criteria relate to:
- economic performance
- socio-economic performance
- equality and freedom of the population
- the environment and international relations
The fund may only invest in assets issued by entities that are among the best-in-class in their group according to these criteria. Based on the best-in-class criteria, only the top 80% of companies in each sub-sector are eligible for investment. The fund's aim has been to invest in socially responsible assets only since 11 November 2021. It means that the fund may temporarily have very limited investments in assets purchased before 11 November 2021 that do not meet the above criteria. The fund manager will replace the assets concerned with socially responsible assets as quickly as possible, always taking into account the sole interest of the investor. You can find further information under ‘Strategy selected’ in the prospectus and at www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents > Exclusion policies for socially responsible investment funds
The minimum term is 10 years. If you start saving on or after your 55th birthday and want to benefit from a favourable tax rate, you will have to wait 10 years before dipping into your pension pot.
You can always withdraw your savings earlier, but you'll be taxed at a penalty rate of 33%. The fund has no maturity date.
Pricos invests primarily in shares and bonds. The return on your pension savings fund depends on the performance of the shares and bonds invested in, which means that the value of your fund can fluctuate considerably in the short term. There is no minimum guaranteed return and no capital protection
The net asset value can be found at www.beama.be (in Dutch) and/or in De Tijd and L’Echo. You can also use our fund finder to look up the latest price and performance data.
Potential to save on tax
You could get up to 30% tax relief on the amount paid in each year. In 2022, there are two maximum amounts, namely 990 euros and 1,270 euros. If you elect to go for 1,270 euros, the tax relief is 25% of the full amount deposited. If you continue to pay in up to the maximum of 990 euros, the tax relief is 30%.
Your tax relief could amount to 30% depending on your personal situation.
The tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and on legislation, both of which may change in the future.
Each year you are sent a tax certificate specifying how much you've paid in, which you can then enter on your tax return to claim tax relief.
Started saving for your pension before your 55th birthday?
In that case, you will have to pay a one-off final tax at a favourable rate of 8% on your 60th birthday.
What happens when you turn 60?
Once the one-off final tax has been deducted, you can opt to withdraw your pension savings or keep saving until the year in which you turn 64. If you opt to keep saving, you'll continue to earn 30% tax relief each year on the deposits you make, but you won't have to pay any extra tax.
Started saving for your pension on your 55th birthday or after that?
After 10 years of the contract, you pay a one-off final tax at the favourable rate of 8%.
- You pay a 2% entry charge (0%² if you switch fully from another pension savings fund).
- You pay 1.20% in ongoing charges.
- There are no exit charges. You can withdraw your accumulated capital before the end date of the contract though you may be heavily taxed.
- You do not pay any stock market tax.
The fund has no maturity date and does not offer capital protection. It has a score of 5 on a scale of 1 (lower risk and potentially lower return) to 7 (higher risk and potentially higher return) on the risk and reward indicator. In addition, the fund has a moderate level of inflation risk: the bond component does not provide any protection against an increase in inflation.
More things you need to know
Carefully read the Key Investor Information Document and the Prospectus before deciding to invest in this fund. By doing so, you will get a fuller understanding of the potential risks and benefits of investing in securities. The documents are available free of charge in Dutch and English from your KBC branch or can be downloaded from www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents. A summary of your rights as an investor can be viewed there too (in Dutch, English, French and German).
¹ In this publication, 'pension saving’ refers to an investment in a pension savings fund.
² As an investor, you can only open one pension savings account or take out one pension savings insurance plan per taxable period. However, you can hold multiple contracts at the same time. If you already have a contract from a previous year, you can still start a new one. You’re entitled to tax relief on just one of the two (or more) contracts.