Research and Resources

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October 22, 2018
The aggregate funded ratio for state and local pension plans is hovering around 72 percent. However, dividing the plans into equal segments, the top third is between 81 and 111 percent funded, the middle third is 68 to 80 percent funded, and the lower third is between 16 to 67 percent funded. The outlook for […]
August 6, 2018
This brief examines the impact of investment fees on public pension plans’ performance, as well as the types of benchmarks used for different asset classes.
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April 9, 2018
This brief explores the effects of 2005 to 2014 pension reform on state and local government competitiveness in the labor market.
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March 13, 2018
This brief examines the impacts of South Dakota’s shift from voluntary to automatic enrollment in its supplemental retirement savings plan for public employees.
February 6, 2018
This infographic shows trends in public pension plan funded ratios; required contributions paid; and investment allocations, assumptions, and returns.
December 29, 2017
This brief examines the funded status of local government pension plans in comparison to state pension plans.
October 20, 2017
This infographic shows state and local pension distributions of funded ratios, required contributions paid, and assumptions for FY2016.
October 20, 2017
This brief examines the relationship between unfunded pension liabilities and municipal bond borrowing costs for state and local governments since the financial crisis.
July 20, 2017
SLGE’s annual update on the funded status of state and local government pension plans outlines the challenging path these plans have been on, especially since 2009.
June 29, 2017
This brief provides a preliminary analysis of state and local government pension investment outside of traditional equities, bonds, and cash.
April 25, 2017
This report examines the reporting practices of some of the country’s largest statewide pension plans, providing case studies of five pension systems.
April 21, 2017
This guide from SLGE and AARP provides key facts about public pension plans, including the role of elected officials in ensuring they are well designed and adequately funded.