MPERS is pleased to report the fiscal year 2017 investment performance return of 11.2%, which is favorable relative to the plan’s total policy benchmark of 10.9% for the same time period. The results of MPERS’ fiscal year return is not important from a benefit perspective, because our members’ benefits are guaranteed benefits based on a formula which includes the members’ final average salary and years of service. The result of a successful fiscal year-end return is important from a plan funding perspective. Yearly returns, in excess of our assumed rate of return, which is currently 7.75%, minimizes the funding pressures for our covered employers, Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Coming this Fall, watch for another funding update that will go into greater detail on investment performance and our plan’s overall funding.