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Calpers Prepares for the Long Haul

June 14, 2020

By investing in private equity and credit, we expect to be able to achieve 7% returns

Market turmoil has thrown a spotlight on the challenges that public pension funds face in delivering retirement security to public employees. The debate about how to meet obligations is important for policy makers, who worry that securing the benefits pensioners depend on will burden state and local governments—and future generations.

CalSTRS adopts new global equity policy

March 12, 2020

CalSTRS adopted a new global equity investment policy to include the use of an active risk budget.

The investment committee of the $252.4 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento, adopted the active risk budget to allow staff to move equity investments between passive and active management. CalSTRS had $128.5 billion in global equities as of Dec. 31.

CalSTRS Beats Benchmark Thanks to Strong Equity Returns

March 2, 2020

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System posted strong returns for the six-month period ended December 31, a new plan document shows.  

CalSTRS, which had a total of $254.1 billion invested as of December 31, returned 18.4 percent over the one-year time period, beating its benchmark by just under one percentage point. 

Exclusive: How a More than $50 Billion Bet Boosted CalPERS Returns

September 13, 2019

A large move into equity factor investing was key for largest US pension.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System took a more than $50 billion bet with its $177 billion stock portfolio and won. The bet helped beat volatile equity markets in the 12-month state fiscal year that ended June 30, show interviews  and pension system investment committee documents.

A Solid Foundation for the Future

March 30, 2018

Acting on the discount rate, asset allocation, and amortization, CalPERS has built a solid path forward for the long-term future of the fund.

We have provided retirement security for California’s public employees for more than 85 years. Through good times and bad, CalPERS has been a strong, reliable presence in our members’ lives. Our $21 billion in annual beneft payments help fuel economic activity across the Golden State.


How We’ve Strengthened the Fund

Think Income Inequality Is Bad? Retirement Inequality May Be Worse.

March 2, 2018

The savings gap is a looming crisis, and states aren’t sure how to help.

Mike Maciag

For years, salon owner Luke Huffstutter, of Portland, Ore., wanted to offer his employees a way to save for retirement. Costs  were too steep for the small company, though, and few employees took the initiative to set up 401(k) plans on their own.

Retirement Security in California: An Update

March 1, 2018

Numerous media outlets are reporting on the issue of pensions, fueled by increases in outlays
for future pension payments by municipal governments as well as school districts. These stories
are reigniting the debate about the sustainability of California’s pension system. It comes
after multiple failed attempts over the past seven years to put a measure on the ballot and
break promises to public employees about their retirement security. These attacks were led by
failed former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Enron billionaire John Arnold and extremist right