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Summary of the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2018: Q4

Report Number G18-QSPP4
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ASSETS GROW SLIGHTLY IN THIRD QUARTER 2018

For the 100 largest public-employee pension systems in the country, assets (cash and investments) totaled $3,640.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, decreasing by 6.1 percent from the 2018 third quarter level of $3,877.9 billion. Compared to the same quarter in 2017, assets for these major public-pension systems decreased 4.4 percent from $3,806.1 billion. The main driver of the decrease in assets is losses on investments, which totaled $228.1 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018. Earnings on investments is a critical contributor to the sustainability of pension plans. In the fourth quarter of 2018, negative earnings on investments added to the deficit between contributions and benefits paid out (see Figure 1). The summary highlights the major asset categories (equities, debt instruments, and cash equivalents) and does not reflect all of the categories published for the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions. Please see the complete data sets at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys /qspp.html> for further detail.

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