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 effects of earnings on your benefits are based on the rate of return as of December 31. 

Once performance numbers are final, ETF posts calendar year-to-date returns (see below). Posting 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 September 30, 2021. Performance is net of fees.

 

Performance

Benchmark

Core Trust Fund

11.22%

10.63%

Variable Trust Fund

12.04%

12.32%

*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 (YTD) as of September 30, 2021.

 

Value

Core Trust Fund

$130.6 billion

Variable Trust Fund

$10.3 billion

Total

$140.9 billion

 

In terms of assets under management, the WRS is the 8th largest public pension fund in the U.S. and 25th largest public or private pension fund in the world.

5-Year and 10-Year Investment Performance*

As of September 30, 2021. Performance is net of external manager fees.

  5-Year 10-Year
Core Fund 11.36% 10.09%
Benchmark 10.79% 9.64%
Variable Fund 14.56% 14.05%
Benchmark 14.60% 13.96%

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