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Houston Municipal Basics

  • Established 1943
  • Currently open to new hires
  • Plan covers local employees
  • Plan members covered by Social Security
  • Single employer

Assets, Participants, and Benefits

Assets at Year-End, Houston Municipal, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Net Assets (billions)
2001 1.41
2002 1.27
2003 1.27
2004 1.42
2005 1.82
2006 2.05
2007 2.34
2008 2.26
2009 1.73
2010 1.83
2011 2.13
2012 2.02
2013 2.20
2014 2.46
2015 2.46
2016 2.40
2017 2.60
2018 2.99
2019 3.10

Source: Public Plans Database

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Number of Actives per Annuitant, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Houston Municipal US State and Local Pensions
2001 2.3 2.5
2002 2.1 2.4
2003 2.0 2.3
2004 1.7 2.2
2005 1.6 2.1
2006 1.6 2.1
2007 1.6 2.0
2008 1.6 2.0
2009 1.6 1.9
2010 1.5 1.8
2011 1.4 1.7
2012 1.3 1.6
2013 1.2 1.5
2014 1.2 1.5
2015 1.2 1.5
2016 1.2 1.4
2017 1.1 1.4
2018 1.1 1.3
2019 1.0 1.3

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Costs

Employer's Annual Required Contribution as a Percentage of Payroll and Portion Paid for Houston Municipal, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Portion of Employer ARC paid Portion of Employer ARC left unpaid US Avg Employer ARC ARC as a Percent of Payroll
2001 9.9 0.0 5.0 9.9
2002 10.2 0.0 4.8 10.2
2003 10.4 8.0 5.7 18.4
2004 15.6 18.3 7.3 33.8
2005 15.5 9.9 9.0 25.4
2006 15.8 12.3 9.3 28.2
2007 15.6 7.0 10.0 22.7
2008 15.1 7.8 10.4 22.9
2009 14.3 3.1 10.2 17.4
2010 14.9 3.1 10.5 18.0
2011 16.3 4.9 12.5 21.1
2012 18.4 4.4 12.9 22.8
2013 21.3 4.6 13.9 25.8
2014 22.5 2.9 14.5 25.5
2015 24.8 1.8 14.9 26.6
2016 26.3 0.4 14.8 26.7
2017 29.3 0.3 15.1 29.6
2018 67.5 0.4 18.1 67.9
2019 27.7 0.3 18.8 28.0

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Actuarial Funding

Actuarial Funded Ratio for Houston Municipal, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Houston Municipal National Data
2001 76.2 106.5
2002 60.4 101.1
2003 46.1 94.2
2004 57.0 93.1
2005 65.2 91.1
2006 64.5 90.5
2007 70.1 91.2
2008 70.1 90.2
2009 66.2 83.2
2010 62.6 81.5
2011 61.4 80.4
2012 59.9 78.9
2013 57.7 78.7
2014 58.1 79.0
2015 54.2 78.2
2016 55.5 76.3
2017 56.4 76.4
2018 57.7 76.5
2019 59.3 76.1

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size and reflects the average for plans of similar type and Social Security coverage.

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Investments

Asset Allocation for Houston Municipal, 2019

Category Percent
Equities 32.3
Fixed Income 27.5
Private Equity 22.9
Real Estate 10.6
Cash 0.7
Other 0.0
Commodities 0.0
Hedge Fund 5.8
Misc. Alternatives 0.0

Source: Public Plans Database

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Asset Allocation for State and Local Pensions, 2019

Category Percent
Equities 47.2
Fixed Income 22.9
Private Equity 9.0
Real Estate 9.0
Cash 1.8
Other 0.0
Commodities 1.9
Hedge Fund 6.7
Misc. Alternatives 1.5

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Asset allocation for Houston Municipal, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Equities Fixed Income Private Equity Real Estate Cash Other Commodities Hedge Fund Misc. Alternatives
2001 52.5 19.4 0.0 12.0 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.8
2002 47.8 20.5 0.0 18.1 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.2
2003 49.4 17.6 0.0 17.5 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.4
2004 52.9 16.1 0.0 16.5 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.8
2005 54.0 16.0 0.0 14.7 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.4
2006 48.6 18.4 0.0 16.3 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.2
2007 51.6 17.3 0.0 15.2 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.9
2008 43.5 18.6 0.0 18.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 19.0
2009 45.4 23.9 13.7 14.1 2.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 46.3 28.5 14.5 9.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0
2011 48.7 26.2 12.6 9.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 0.0
2012 44.8 25.4 15.4 9.1 0.6 0.0 0.0 4.7 0.0
2013 45.1 24.0 14.0 8.8 0.7 0.0 0.0 7.1 0.0
2014 41.0 25.5 14.5 9.8 0.6 0.0 0.0 8.7 0.0
2015 33.5 29.3 17.4 9.8 1.5 0.0 0.0 8.6 0.0
2016 33.6 23.7 19.8 12.1 2.7 0.0 0.0 8.1 0.0
2017 35.7 25.2 20.6 10.4 1.0 0.0 0.0 7.1 0.0
2018 33.0 28.1 21.2 10.3 1.6 0.0 0.0 5.7 0.0
2019 32.3 27.5 22.9 10.6 0.7 0.0 0.0 5.8 0.0

Source: Public Plans Database

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Annual Return as of June 30 for Houston Municipal, 2001-2019

Fiscal Year Houston Municipal Assumed return
2001 -4.08 8.50
2002 -6.97 8.50
2003 3.55 8.50
2004 18.64 8.50
2005 13.85 8.50
2006 18.11 8.50
2007 18.64 8.50
2008 0.47 8.50
2009 -16.00 8.50
2010 12.20 8.50
2011 22.20 8.50
2012 -0.10 8.50
2013 13.60 8.50
2014 16.40 8.50
2015 3.40 8.00
2016 1.60 7.00
2017 12.70 7.00
2018 9.33 7.00
2019 7.20 7.00

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Cash Flows

Cash Flow vs. Total Assets (Millions)
Houston Municipal
2001-2019

Fiscal Year Cash Flow Assets
2001 -11.8 1,407.5
2002 -28.4 1,271.7
2003 -39.5 1,266.2
2004 -75.6 1,418.7
2005 204.5 1,824.9
2006 -72.3 2,052.3
2007 -74.0 2,344.6
2008 -83.3 2,262.0
2009 -92.1 1,730.1
2010 -97.6 1,828.5
2011 -91.3 2,129.4
2012 -93.9 2,024.2
2013 -92.8 2,196.6
2014 -84.7 2,464.4
2015 -82.3 2,456.5
2016 -85.8 2,400.0
2017 -89.5 2,602.7
2018 158.3 2,988.9
2019 -89.0 3,101.0

Source: Public Plans Database

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Cash Flow as a Percentage of Assets
Houston Municipal
2001-2019

Fiscal Year Houston Municipal National Average
2001 -0.8 -2.3
2002 -2.2 -2.3
2003 -3.1 -2.6
2004 -5.3 -1.7
2005 11.2 -1.9
2006 -3.5 -1.9
2007 -3.2 -1.7
2008 -3.7 -1.9
2009 -5.3 -2.7
2010 -5.3 -2.9
2011 -4.3 -2.8
2012 -4.6 -3.1
2013 -4.2 -3.0
2014 -3.4 -2.7
2015 -3.4 -2.8
2016 -3.6 -3.0
2017 -3.4 -2.9
2018 5.3 -2.4
2019 -2.9 -2.7

Source: Public Plans Database

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