National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Median public pension plan investment return assumption falls to 7.25 percent

Among 129 plans measured, more than 30 percent have reduced their investment return assumption since February 2018, resulting in a median investment return assumption of 7.25 percent, which is the lowest level in more than 40 years. (NASRA Issue Brief: Public Pension Plan Investment Return Assumptions)

Risk-sharing in public retirement plans

Nearly every state has enacted significant reforms to its pension plans in recent years, and for many plans, one outcome is that more risk has been shifted from employers to employees through use of plan designs such as variable contribution rates, variable benefits, and hybrid plans, among other features. "In-depth: Risk Sharing in Public Retirement Plans" describes broad risk sharing features established in one or more public retirement plans, as well as detailed case studies on systems whose plan designs include unique or notable risk sharing features.

See Also: NASRA Video, "Introduction to Shared Risk in Public Pensions

Pension reforms continue through 2016-2018

An updated 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," originally published in 2016 and updated in December 2018. (See "Significant Reforms to State Retirement Systems" on Pension

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 2017 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 180 state and local pension plans. The PPD is a 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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