Public Pension Assets Reach Record $3.96 trillion in Q1 2017
According to the Federal Resere, as of the first quarter of 2017, public pension assets were a record $3.96 trillion, up from $3.83 trillion, or 3.4 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2016. The data is published on a quarterly basis and is subject to periodic revisions. (Public Pension Assets @NASRA.org)
Study finds state retirement systems are highly transparent
A recent study found that nearly all of 83 statewide systems examined have an actuarial valuation conducted annually and have actuarial experience studies conducted regularly, usually every five years. Almost every system examined discloses their investment fees, and of those that do, all post that information online. Every system also was found to offer information on investment benchmark comparisons online, in their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or both.(Public Pension Reporting and Disclosure: The Current State of Practice and Examples of What Works Well)
Investment income is the primary source of public pension revenue
For the 30-year period 1987-2016, investment earnings accounted for 61 percent of all state and local pension revenues. Employer contributions accounted for approximately 27 percent, and employee contributions were around 12 percent. (Contributions @NASRA.org)
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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