Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Regarding the variation in returns from 2001–2016, from 6.3 percent for the top quartile to 4.6 percent for the bottom, CRR researchers investigated whether the variation could be due to differences in asset allocation and/or to the returns by asset class. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Returns on public pensions have varied pretty widely between 2001–2016, and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College analyzed the data to find the reason.

According to the brief “What Explains Differences in Public Pension Returns Since 2001?” the funded status of public pensions depends on two major factors—the payment of plan sponsors’ annual required contribution and the investment return earned on pension fund assets.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

More from this author



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO
Live Chat

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.