The State of Wisconsin Investment Board has announced preliminary 2019 investment returns for the Core Trust Fund and the Variable Trust Fund. How will this affect your Wisconsin Retirement System account? The effective rate of interest is applied to employees’ account balances once a year. The rate is based on investment performance and other actuarial factors.

These figures are projections only—the actual rates will be announced in February, after 2019 investment returns have been finalized and an actuarial analysis conducted. Watch for announcements in February (effective rates) and March (annuity adjustments).

Your annual WRS Statement of Benefits in April. Among other things, this important document will show how much your account has grown with contributions and interest from last year.

ETF Core Fund Projections

Preliminary 2019 Investment Return

19.9%

Projected Core Effective Rate applied to employees’ account balances

7.5% to 7.9%

Projected Core Annuity Adjustment applied to retirees’ monthly payments

1.5% to 1.9%

By law, a Core annuity adjustment will be paid if the adjustment rate is at least 0.5%; if less than 0.5%, no adjustment is made

 

ETF Variable Fund Projections

Preliminary 2019 Investment Return

28.6%

Projected Variable Effective Rate applied to employees’ account balances

26% to 30%

Projected Variable Annuity Adjustment applied to retirees’ monthly payments

19% to 23%

By law, a Variable annuity adjustment will be paid if the adjustment rate is at least 2%; if  less than 2%, no adjustment is paid.

 

Plan Ahead
No matter your timetable for retirement, it's important to understand your WRS benefits and how they work for you. Learn everything you can about the following topics in particular, so that you make the right decisions at the right time. Your future self will thank you for it!

  • How to enhance your WRS benefits benefit by making additional contributions, which earn the effective rate of interest each year;
  • How effective rates and annuity adjustments (for retirees) are determined;
  • How annual Core and Variable Fund investment performance affects the amount you and your employer pay into your retirement account via required contributions;
  • How WRS retirement benefits are calculated and the role that investment returns play in your benefit amount; and
  • How participation in the Variable Fund affects your WRS benefits, both as an active employee and as a retiree.

For More Information
Participate in these ETF webinars. Sessions are offered at convenient times over the lunch hour and early evening. Find them on our Events webpage.

Check out the helpful resources on this WRS Performance web page, including a look at investment performance of the WRS trust funds and the corresponding rates and adjustments since 1986.

To receive immediate notification about WRS effective rates, annuity adjustments and other benefit-related news, sign up for ETF E-Mail Updates or follow ETF on Twitter.

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