Total Fund Investment Returns
As of June 30, 2021
The Board has established a long-term objective to achieve a total investment return of at least 7.3% per year and a real rate of return of at least 5.3% per year. The real rate of return is the rate by which the long-term total return exceeds the inflation rate. The Systems' long-term investment objective of 7.3% was lowered from 7.5% at the June 2021 Board of Trustees meeting effective for July 1, 2021. The reduction in the long-term objective is based on capital market expectations and the belief that expected investment returns going forward will be lower than historical returns.
For fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, the Systems' strong investment program paired with substantial returns in the equity markets, resulted in an investment return of 28.7%. These significant investment earnings contributed approximately $12.7 billion to the growth of assets for the fiscal year.
The Systems have produced significant absolute and relative returns for all reported time periods. Additionally, over long periods of time, PSRS and PEERS continue to produce investment returns that meet or exceed the Systems' objective. The annualized investment return over the last 30 years is 8.7%.
* Effective July 1, 2013 all assets are held in the Missouri Education Pension Trust (MEPT) for the exclusive benefit of the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri.
** The Policy Benchmark is comprised of 37.0% Russell 3000 Index, 21% MSCI ACWI ex-USA Index, 20.0% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury, 11.0% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Credit Index, 9.0% NCREIF Open End Diversified Core Equity Index, and 2.0% ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Master II Index.
*** The Retirement Systems’ 2021 Fiscal Year began on July 1, 2020.