National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Public Pension Assets Reach Record $3.86 trillion in Q4 2016

According to the Federal Resere, as of the fourth quarter of 2016, public pension assets were a record $3.86 trillion, up from $3.81 trillion, or 1.3 percent, from the thir quarter of 2016. The data is published on a quarterly basis and is subject to periodic revisions. (Public Pension Assets

Nearly every state enacted pension reform between 2009 and 2014

An unprecedented number of changes were made to public pension plans during the period 2009-2014. Nearly every state enacted changes modifying employee contribution rates, eligibilty requirements and/or benefit levels. Despite widespread reforms only a handful of states changed plan design, and most retained key elements of their existing plan design. (Significant Reforms to State Retirement Systems)

Investment income is the primary source of public pension revenue

For the 30-year period 1985-2014, investment returns accounted for over 60 percent of all state and local pension revenues. Employer contributions accounted for approximately 25 percent, and employee contributions were around 12 percent. (Contributions

Research Center

Public Fund Survey More than 85 percent of all state and local government pension assets and members in the U.S. are represented in the Public Fund Survey, which is maintained by NASRA. Survey data is taken primarily from retirement system annual financial reports, and also comes from actuarial valuations, benefits guides, and interviews with retirement system staff members. It is intended to promote sound public retirement system policies and administration by increasing transparency and understanding of the public retirement system community. The Summary of Findings for fiscal year 2015 is available here.

Roll Call   Capturing notable events and developments in public retirement systems from reports since 2005, Roll Call is a perennial highlight of the annual conference. Members can view the most recent report as well as see previous years; login and then access it here.

Public Plans Data Individual and aggregated data on 150 state and local pension plans. Joint venture of The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, and NASRA. Read the press release; access the database.

Member Survey Results NASRA member surveys cover a wide range of issues pertaining to retirement plan administration. Members can access survey results organized by topic; Login and then access results here.

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