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Public pensions are a hot topic in the news, so we developed this Pension Education Toolkit to help deepen your understanding of defined benefit public pension plans. Supplemental information is found on our Facts & Research page. Additional data is available through our Public Pension Partners.
Investment Returns by Plan Type (2015) – A study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found defined benefit plans outperformed defined contribution plans, due in part to higher fees for defined contribution accounts.
PublicPlansData.org – A website offering data, analysis and research on public sector retirement plans with an eye toward educating both policymakers and the wider public.
NASRA Spotlight on Annual Required Contribution Experience (2015) – A detailed study of 112 public pension plans finds that most states are meeting their commitments to fund their public employee pension funds.
NIRS: Move to DC Did Not Save Money for States (2015) – Three states that recently shifted from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans did not save money, according to analysis from the National Institute on Retirement Security.
NCPERS Public Retirement Systems Study (2015) – Public pension plans around the country report increasing confidence, growing investment returns and low administrative costs, according to this recent study.
Still a Better Bang for the Buck (2014) – The report by the National Institute on Retirement Security finds that defined benefit pension plans are more cost efficient than defined contribution plans.
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