Did you know that the investment earnings on the Wisconsin Retirement System trust funds provide about 80% of the total needed to pay member benefits? The trust funds are invested by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. The effect of investment returns on the benefits of WRS members is based on the rate of return as of December 31. Once performance numbers are final, SWIB reports calendar year-to-date returns. Reporting usually takes about four weeks because privately traded investments such as business loans, real estate and private equity are not available until four weeks after the close of the month.

WRS Investment Performance*

Year-To-Date (YTD) as of August 31, 2022. Performance is net of fees.

 

Performance

Benchmark

Core Trust Fund

-11.54% 

-11.69%

Variable Trust Fund

-17.21% 

-17.25% 

*YTD returns and benchmarks are subject to final valuation and adjustments that may occur during the calendar year. 


Value of WRS Assets Under Management

Year-to-Date as of August 31, 2022.

 

Value

Core Trust Fund

$117.9 billion 

Variable Trust Fund

$8.6 billion 

Total

$126.5 billion 

 

 

5-Year and 10-Year Investment Performance*

As of August 31, 2022. Performance is net of external manager fees.

  5-Year 10-Year
Core Fund 7.62%  7.88%
Benchmark 7.08% 7.45%
Variable Fund 8.43% 10.43%
Benchmark 8.49% 10.38%

*Returns and benchmarks are subject to final valuation and adjustments that may occur during the calendar year.