Arkansas PERS Basics

  • Established 1957
  • Currently open to new hires
  • Plan covers state and local employees
  • Plan members covered by Social Security
  • Multiple employer, cost sharing plan

Assets, Participants, and Benefits

Assets at Year-End, Arkansas PERS, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Net Assets (billions)
2002 3.74
2003 3.88
2004 4.31
2005 4.64
2006 5.14
2007 5.97
2008 5.64
2009 4.35
2010 4.73
2011 5.80
2012 5.69
2013 6.43
2014 7.53
2015 7.55
2016 7.37
2017 8.03
2018 8.60
2019 8.83

Source: Public Plans Database

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Number of Actives per Annuitant, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Arkansas PERS US State and Local Pensions
2002 2.4 2.4
2003 2.3 2.3
2004 2.2 2.2
2005 2.0 2.1
2006 2.0 2.1
2007 1.9 2.0
2008 1.9 2.0
2009 1.8 1.9
2010 1.8 1.8
2011 1.6 1.7
2012 1.6 1.6
2013 1.5 1.5
2014 1.4 1.5
2015 1.4 1.5
2016 1.3 1.4
2017 1.3 1.4
2018 1.2 1.3
2019 1.2 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 Arkansas PERS, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Portion of Employer ARC paid Portion of Employer ARC left unpaid US Avg Employer ARC ARC as a Percent of Payroll
2002 9.8 0.0 4.8 9.8
2003 10.1 0.0 5.7 10.1
2004 10.1 0.0 7.3 10.1
2005 11.1 0.0 9.0 11.1
2006 12.5 0.0 9.3 12.5
2007 12.5 0.0 10.0 12.5
2008 12.6 0.0 10.4 12.6
2009 11.1 0.0 10.2 11.1
2010 11.1 0.0 10.5 11.1
2011 12.1 0.0 12.5 12.1
2012 13.6 0.0 12.9 13.6
2013 14.7 0.0 13.9 14.7
2014 15.1 0.0 14.5 15.1
2015 16.0 0.0 14.9 16.0
2016 15.7 0.0 14.8 15.7
2017 15.7 0.0 15.1 15.7
2018 16.0 0.0 18.1 16.0
2019 16.1 0.0 18.8 16.1

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Actuarial Funding

Actuarial Funded Ratio for Arkansas PERS, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Arkansas PERS National Data
2002 100.0 101.1
2003 95.0 94.2
2004 89.0 93.1
2005 86.0 91.1
2006 83.0 90.5
2007 89.1 91.2
2008 89.7 90.2
2009 78.0 83.2
2010 74.1 81.5
2011 70.7 80.4
2012 68.9 78.9
2013 74.3 78.7
2014 77.8 79.0
2015 79.1 78.2
2016 80.4 76.3
2017 77.6 76.4
2018 78.7 76.5
2019 78.5 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 Arkansas PERS, 2019

Category Percent
Equities 63.6
Fixed Income 15.9
Private Equity 0.0
Real Estate 14.6
Cash 1.0
Other 0.0
Commodities 0.0
Hedge Fund 5.0
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 Arkansas PERS, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Equities Fixed Income Private Equity Real Estate Cash Other Commodities Hedge Fund Misc. Alternatives
2002 49.6 43.5 0.0 2.2 0.3 0.0 4.5 0.0 0.0
2003 53.2 38.9 0.0 3.6 0.1 0.0 4.2 0.0 0.0
2004 71.1 21.5 0.0 2.8 1.0 0.0 3.7 0.0 0.0
2005 69.8 21.5 0.0 4.9 0.4 0.0 3.4 0.0 0.0
2006 71.4 19.5 0.0 5.4 0.2 0.0 3.5 0.0 0.0
2007 69.7 17.9 0.0 6.2 0.5 0.0 3.8 2.0 0.0
2008 64.9 19.8 0.0 6.6 0.4 0.0 4.3 4.0 0.0
2009 59.4 24.2 0.0 5.9 0.3 0.0 6.8 3.4 0.0
2010 63.0 23.3 0.0 5.4 0.4 0.0 6.2 1.8 0.0
2011 67.0 19.7 0.0 5.6 0.4 0.0 5.1 2.2 0.0
2012 63.7 18.9 0.0 6.0 0.7 0.0 4.7 6.0 0.0
2013 64.5 17.1 0.0 6.0 0.7 0.0 4.0 7.8 0.0
2014 67.3 15.7 0.2 6.0 0.6 0.0 2.2 8.0 0.0
2015 67.0 16.0 0.4 6.7 0.5 0.0 2.1 7.2 0.0
2016 61.2 17.1 0.4 11.4 0.6 0.0 1.8 7.5 0.0
2017 63.8 16.1 0.5 11.0 0.4 0.0 1.4 6.8 0.0
2018 64.6 15.1 0.0 15.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 4.7 0.0
2019 63.6 15.9 0.0 14.6 1.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 0.0

Source: Public Plans Database

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Annual Return as of June 30 for Arkansas PERS, 2002-2019

Fiscal Year Arkansas PERS Assumed return
2002 -5.74 8.00
2003 5.53 8.00
2004 13.40 8.00
2005 9.85 8.00
2006 12.24 8.00
2007 18.01 8.00
2008 -4.45 8.00
2009 -20.89 8.00
2010 11.95 8.00
2011 26.00 8.00
2012 -0.33 8.00
2013 15.58 8.00
2014 19.68 7.75
2015 2.45 7.50
2016 0.30 7.50
2017 12.30 7.15
2018 10.23 7.15
2019 5.78 7.15

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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Cash Flows

Cash Flow vs. Total Assets (Millions)
Arkansas PERS
2002-2019

Fiscal Year Cash Flow Assets
2002 -48.6 3,740.8
2003 -59.0 3,882.7
2004 -69.5 4,306.8
2005 -76.9 4,640.8
2006 -61.2 5,135.5
2007 -73.4 5,970.2
2008 -80.8 5,638.5
2009 -124.5 4,349.8
2010 -128.0 4,728.5
2011 -125.6 5,801.9
2012 -100.2 5,692.4
2013 -116.9 6,434.5
2014 -118.1 7,531.2
2015 -157.0 7,550.0
2016 -182.0 7,370.3
2017 -210.9 8,028.8
2018 -214.6 8,602.8
2019 -224.6 8,833.3

Source: Public Plans Database

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Cash Flow as a Percentage of Assets
Arkansas PERS
2002-2019

Fiscal Year Arkansas PERS National Average
2002 -1.3 -2.3
2003 -1.5 -2.6
2004 -1.6 -1.7
2005 -1.7 -1.9
2006 -1.2 -1.9
2007 -1.2 -1.7
2008 -1.4 -1.9
2009 -2.9 -2.7
2010 -2.7 -2.9
2011 -2.2 -2.8
2012 -1.8 -3.1
2013 -1.8 -3.0
2014 -1.6 -2.7
2015 -2.1 -2.8
2016 -2.5 -3.0
2017 -2.6 -2.9
2018 -2.5 -2.4
2019 -2.5 -2.7

Source: Public Plans Database

National data averages are weighted by plan size.

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2019 Financial Reports

Benefits

Website for Arkansas PERS benefit descriptions.