Public Pension Assets a Record $4.33 trillion as of Q4 2017
According to the Federal Reserve, as of the fourth quarter of 2017, public pension assets were a record $4.33 trillion, up from $4.19 trillion, or 3.3 percent, from the third quarter of 2017. The Q4 2017 total is higher by some $480 billion, or 12.5 percent, from the $3.85 trillion in assets recorded as of Q4 2016. This figure is published on a quarterly basis and is subject to periodic revisions. (Public Pension Assets @NASRA.org)
Pension Reforms Continue Through 2016-17
A new NASRA resource provides detailed information about key changes made to public pension plans since 2016. The report extends the listing of statewide pension reforms presented in "Significant Reforms to State Retirement Systems," published in 2016. (See "Selected Approved Changes to Select State and Local Public Pensions" on Pension Reform @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)
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 2016 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.
Retirement System Data Access the latest market values of assets, active members, and annuitants for over 140 state and local retirement systems here.
Member Survey Results NASRA member surveys cover a wide range of issues pertaining to retirement plan administration and policy. Survey results are available to NASRA members. Login and then access results, organized by topic, here.
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