National Association of State Retirement Administrators

Public Pension Assets

Quarterly Update (Q3 2017)

The Federal Reserve publishes data on state and local defined benefit assets on a quarterly basis. As of the third quarter of 2017 (September 30), public pension assets were a record $4.16 trillion, an increase of approximately 2.5 percent, from $4.06 trillion as reported for the prior quarter and higher from the same quarter one year ago by some $330 billion, or 8.6 percent. The next release is scheduled for March 2018.

Quarterly Change in State & Local Defined Benefit Assets, 2003-2017 

Annual Update

The Federal Reserve reported in June that the combined value of defined benefit plan assets held by state and local governments as of Q4 2016 increased by 4.6 percent, to $3.83 trillion, from $3.66 trillion as of Q4 2015. 

Annual Change in State & Local Defined Benefit Assets, 2003-2016