Kansas PERS Basics

  • Established 1962
  • Currently open to new hires
  • Plan covers state and local employees
  • Plan members covered by Social Security
  • Multiemployer, cost sharing plan

Assets, Participants, and Benefits

Assets at Year-End, Kansas PERS, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Net Assets (billions)
2002 8.90
2003 8.93
2004 10.43
2005 11.32
2006 12.35
2007 14.15
2008 13.15
2009 10.21
2010 11.35
2011 13.45
2012 13.09
2013 14.39
2014 16.54
2015 16.64
2016 17.19
2017 18.63
2018 19.70

Source: Public Plans Database

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Number of Actives per Annuitant, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Kansas PERS US State and Local Pensions
2002 2.6 2.4
2003 2.6 2.4
2004 2.5 2.3
2005 2.4 2.2
2006 2.4 2.1
2007 2.3 2.1
2008 2.3 2.1
2009 2.2 2.0
2010 2.2 1.9
2011 2.1 1.8
2012 1.9 1.7
2013 1.9 1.6
2014 1.8 1.5
2015 1.7 1.5
2016 1.6 1.4
2017 1.6 1.3
2018 1.5 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 Kansas PERS, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Portion of Employer ARC paid Portion of Employer ARC left unpaid US Avg Employer ARC ARC as a Percent of Payroll
2002 4.1 1.0 4.8 5.1
2003 4.6 1.2 5.7 5.8
2004 4.7 2.1 7.3 6.8
2005 5.1 2.3 9.0 7.5
2006 5.7 3.3 9.3 8.9
2007 6.1 3.4 10.0 9.5
2008 6.6 3.6 10.4 10.2
2009 7.2 3.4 10.2 10.6
2010 7.5 2.9 10.5 10.4
2011 8.1 2.8 12.5 10.9
2012 8.9 4.3 12.9 13.2
2013 9.5 3.2 13.9 12.7
2014 10.3 2.7 14.5 12.9
2015 10.3 3.5 14.9 13.8
2016 10.9 2.6 14.8 13.5
2017 11.2 2.6 15.1 13.8
2018 12.1 1.8 18.1 13.9

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Actuarial Funding

Actuarial Funded Ratio for Kansas PERS, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Kansas PERS National Data
2002 85.0 101.1
2003 78.0 94.2
2004 75.0 93.1
2005 70.0 91.1
2006 69.0 90.5
2007 69.0 91.2
2008 71.0 90.2
2009 59.0 83.2
2010 64.0 81.5
2011 62.0 80.4
2012 59.0 78.9
2013 56.0 78.7
2014 60.0 79.0
2015 62.0 78.2
2016 67.0 76.3
2017 66.8 76.4
2018 68.4 76.5

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 Kansas PERS, 2018

Category Percent
Equities 50.2
Fixed Income 18.6
Private Equity 0.0
Real Estate 9.9
Cash 4.4
Other 0.0
Commodities 10.4
Hedge Fund 0.0
Misc. Alternatives 6.5

Source: Public Plans Database

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Asset Allocation for State and Local Pensions, 2018

Category Percent
Equities 48.1
Fixed Income 22.5
Private Equity 8.9
Real Estate 8.4
Cash 1.8
Other 0.2
Commodities 1.8
Hedge Fund 7.0
Misc. Alternatives 1.2

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Asset allocation for Kansas PERS, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Equities Fixed Income Private Equity Real Estate Cash Other Commodities Hedge Fund Misc. Alternatives
2002 52.0 33.0 5.0 8.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 53.0 34.4 5.3 7.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 53.0 34.4 5.3 7.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 53.2 30.5 4.5 7.3 4.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 55.0 29.4 4.3 7.2 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 56.1 30.9 3.1 6.9 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 51.7 34.6 3.0 7.1 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 49.7 30.8 3.6 6.2 9.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 49.0 34.5 3.4 7.9 5.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 61.0 17.7 2.8 6.6 2.6 0.0 9.3 0.0 0.0
2012 60.4 19.3 3.0 8.5 1.3 0.0 7.5 0.0 0.0
2013 61.1 19.9 2.6 8.7 1.6 0.0 6.1 0.0 0.0
2014 58.4 20.4 0.0 7.9 2.0 0.0 8.4 0.0 2.9
2015 54.6 19.7 0.0 8.9 2.4 0.0 10.6 0.0 3.7
2016 51.1 20.5 0.0 9.9 2.7 0.0 11.3 0.0 4.5
2017 52.0 18.4 0.0 9.2 4.5 0.0 10.8 0.0 5.1
2018 50.2 18.6 0.0 9.9 4.4 0.0 10.4 0.0 6.5

Source: Public Plans Database

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Annual Return as of June 30 for Kansas PERS, 2002-2018

Fiscal Year Kansas PERS Assumed return
2002 -4.70 8.00
2003 4.00 8.00
2004 15.40 8.00
2005 12.10 8.00
2006 12.30 8.00
2007 18.03 8.00
2008 -4.43 8.00
2009 -19.64 8.00
2010 14.90 8.00
2011 22.60 8.00
2012 1.00 8.00
2013 14.00 8.00
2014 18.40 8.00
2015 3.70 8.00
2016 0.70 8.00
2017 12.70 7.75
2018 8.70 7.75

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Cash Flows

Cash Flow vs. Total Assets (Millions)
Kansas PERS
2002-2018

Fiscal Year Cash Flow Assets
2002 -298.8 8,902.3
2003 -298.0 8,930.4
2004 160.3 10,427.1
2005 -326.1 11,324.4
2006 -326.1 12,352.9
2007 -341.9 14,153.8
2008 -353.3 13,150.6
2009 -343.3 10,214.9
2010 -348.1 11,352.8
2011 -402.4 13,450.1
2012 -452.6 13,086.7
2013 -444.3 14,390.2
2014 -408.5 16,535.9
2015 -462.5 16,635.5
2016 504.8 17,192.4
2017 -620.6 18,633.8
2018 -460.3 19,696.2

Source: Public Plans Database

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Cash Flow as a Percentage of Assets
Kansas PERS
2002-2018

Fiscal Year Kansas PERS National Average
2002 -3.4 -2.7
2003 -3.3 -2.2
2004 1.5 -1.6
2005 -2.9 -2.0
2006 -2.6 -1.9
2007 -2.4 -2.0
2008 -2.7 -3.0
2009 -3.4 -2.6
2010 -3.1 -2.4
2011 -3.0 -2.7
2012 -3.5 -2.6
2013 -3.1 -2.3
2014 -2.5 -2.3
2015 -2.8 -2.7
2016 2.9 -2.2
2017 -3.3 -2.7
2018 -2.3 -3.0

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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2019 Financial Reports

Benefits

Website for Kansas PERS benefit descriptions.