TRS currently uses a 7.25% assumed rate of return, which is on the higher end of investment return assumptions among major public systems.
The national average expected rate of return has fallen to 7.0% over the years, with major plans like CalPERS now lowering assumptions into the 6-7% range.
Despite SB12 (2019), with investment returns expected to underperform over the next decade relative to expectations, capping contribution rates in statute creates the perfect conditions for unfunded liabilities to keep accruing just as they have since 2001.
Author(s): Leonard Gilroy, Steven Gassenberger
Publication Date: 3 June 2022
Publication Site: Reason