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Easter in your own four walls: colourful tips for the holidays

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Laila’s life: full-time student and mother

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Men and part-time employment: a taboo?

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Guide

Coordination offset

Switzerland's pension system enables Swiss people to remain financially confident and self-determined even in old age. If you have already taken a closer look at the 2nd pillar (occupational pension provision), you might already have encountered the “coordination offset.” Here we explain what the term is all about.

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20% stair bobsledder – a part-time dream job?

A growing number of parents are being self-determined and turning their dream of working part-time into reality. In 62 percent of families, at least one parent works part-time – as well as having a part-time family job at home. A report on "stair bobsledders," "managers of everything" and "household MacGyvers."

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Photo of a young family with one child, spending time together indoors, playing 'Indians and cowboys' in their boy's wigwam

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The dream of home ownership: how to raise equity

Many young families dream of owning a home. But there is a big hurdle to overcome when buying a house: the 20% equity. We show you which financing options you have – for a self-determined life in your own four walls.

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Retirement: retire earlier or work longer?

In Switzerland, the “normal” retirement age is 64 for women and 65 for men. This does not mean you have to retire at these ages. You can determine the age that is right for you and choose to retire early, take partial retirement, or postpone retirement. We show you how these options differ and how you can shape your retirement in a self-determined manner.

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