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March 27, 2014

The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions (QSPP) is a quarterly survey that provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures, and composition of assets of the largest defined benefit public employee retirement systems for state and local governments. The survey consists of a panel of 100 retirement systems, which comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. After a census has been taken, it is considered best practice to reselect the largest 100 retirement systems. The first quarter for 2009 presents data from the new universe of the 100 largest systems. The previous quarters represent data from the old universe. Five of the 100 units from the old universe were replaced with new retirement systems.

For more information, visit the QSPP website, which provides a link to historical data (including footnotes and explanations about changes to panel and definitions over time), detailed statements about survey methodology, data collection, and the current questionnaire.

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

Source: Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions (Definitions)
Cash and Security Holdings: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Total Cash and Security Holdings [Millions of Dollars]
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
1968 38,271 39,419 40,528 41,338
1969 42,177 43,771 45,043 45,799
1970 46,970 48,908 50,223 51,306
1971 53,049 55,068 56,156 57,575
1972 59,313 61,852 63,087 64,406
1973 66,050 68,850 69,813 71,621
1974 73,454 76,891 79,566 83,076
1975 85,262 88,955 90,875 93,380
1976 95,742 99,661 102,550 105,394
1977 105,812 109,768 112,725 115,727
1978 118,329 123,015 126,205 130,974
1979 134,671 140,275 143,558 147,466
1980 152,660 159,068 162,378 167,621
1981 176,447 184,273 189,576 194,693
1982 202,459 208,978 214,404 223,011
1983 231,758 242,522 248,446 258,029
1984 268,619 276,973 289,119 300,108
1985 308,951 323,592 334,729 347,668
1986 359,517 372,983 385,604 399,510
1987 422,223 429,465 449,001 465,637
1988 481,705 497,306 503,933 517,948
1989 534,025 550,167 563,015 579,951
1990 589,779 603,189 619,846 629,036
1991 644,237 651,467 684,892 682,723
1992 705,338 718,067 738,206 752,103
1993 754,603 778,302 799,202 825,402
1994 836,653 860,907 880,171 902,841
1995 933,767 947,469 961,686 982,487
1996 1,024,592 1,063,577 1,078,867 1,117,552
1997 1,177,584 1,211,408 1,259,511 1,284,462
1998 1,385,787 1,421,510 1,454,386 1,485,522
1999 1,538,289 1,576,782 1,618,826 1,654,432
2000 1,704,216 1,718,203 1,880,458 1,914,867
2001 1,919,384 1,969,108 1,952,461 1,948,696
2002 1,987,630 1,881,900 1,802,945 1,821,470
2003 1,865,396 1,913,369 1,952,754 2,061,067
2004 2,068,550 2,137,450 2,057,899 2,381,330
2005 2,375,427 2,383,436 2,395,478 2,440,256
2006 2,588,809 2,539,251 2,600,592 2,692,702
2007 2,723,973 2,920,022 2,918,853 2,928,853
2008 2,810,924 2,815,010 2,576,394 2,229,458
2009 2,093,614 2,197,961 2,370,569 2,449,940
2010 2,480,902 2,358,541 2,507,147 2,641,575
2011 2,740,540 2,775,430 2,532,247 2,612,043
2012 2,764,346 2,712,447 2,788,108 2,836,795
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: March 26, 2014