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Pension fund finishes year at all time high
From “Business Matters” column by Bruce Krasnow, Santa Fe New Mexican, Feb. 13, 2017
With all the bad news about public pension funds, the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board fund is reporting an 8.5 percent return for the 2016 calendar year.
The fund reached assets of $11.7 billion and grew by $939.8 million over the year after fees. Net returns have been 8.5 percent over the last five years after fees and 9 percent since 1983.
“The most important point is that our 8.5 percent return for the year exceeded our actuarial target of 7.75 percent,” said Bob Jacksha, chief investment officer.
Educational Retirement Board chairwoman Mary Lou Cameron said the board has made a strategic decision to diversify its portfolio, and this has reduced volatility over time.
The educational retirement pension plan covers close to 60,000 active members currently paying into the system and 46,000 retirees, ranging from public school teachers, administrators and staff to college faculty and staff.
Notices and Events
NMERB 2017 Legislative Update
One of the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB)’s bills passed this Legislative session and one that affects NMERB and Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) members passed. The two were signed by the Governor. They are:
SB 28, which revises the Educational Retirement Act to clarify statutory language and conform to current practices. It deletes outdated references to the term “provisional members” from the Act; permits disability benefit applicants to see their own medical provider and provide applicable records to NMERB, which will make a decision on disability; and eliminates other outdated terms and provisions.
HB 34 in which retirees with both PERA and NMERB benefits will receive separate payments from each system for the benefits from each system. This bill goes into effect July 1 and affects only new retirees who retired on or after after July 1, 2017. Others will continue to receive a consolidated benefit payment monthly for the foreseeable future. At some time in the future, all NMERB and PERA retirees with service in both plans will receive separate payments from the two funds
SB 29, which would have given the Executive Director of NMERB the authority to appoint and determine the salaries of various positions in NMERB’s Investment Division, did not pass.
NMERB now accepts drivers licenses as proof of age for the Retirement Application Packet.
PUBLIC UPDATES (2017)
ATTENTION RETIREES: Important information for retirees under the age of 55.
Pension Fund Finishes Year At All Time High--posted 2/15/17
Chair Said Fund On Track--posted 2/14/17
Teachers who stay reap the benefits (Albuqueque Journal article)--posted 12/27/16
Educational retirement fund on track to reach long-term funding goals--posted 12/27/16
Board Meeting Notices and Agendas
NMERB Experience Study Report--posted 4/28/17
Board Of Trustees Meeting Agenda--posted 4/17/17
PED Budget Conference--posted 4/13/17
Investment Committee Meeting Agenda--posted 4/11/17
Public Meeting Notice--posted 4/4/17
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Investment Committee Meeting Agenda--posted 3/15/17
Public Meeting Notice--posted 3/6/17
Educational Retirement Board Yearend Results--posted 2/14/17
Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda--posted 2/9/17
Investment Committee Meetng Public Meeting Notice--posted 1/12/17
Investment Committee Meeting Agenda--posted 1/12/17
Alternative Retirement Plan Public Meeting Notice--posted 1/4/17
Alternative Retirement Plan Meeting Agenda--posted 1/4/17
Board Of Trustees Meeting Agenda--posted 12/2/16
Investment Committee Meeting--posted 11/30/16
Public Meeting Notice--posted 11/30/16
Investments gain at New Mexico pension, permanent funds (AP Article)--posted 11/16/16
Audit Committee Meeting--posted 11/14/16
Investment Committee Meeting Agenda--posted 11/12/16
Educational retirement fund on track to reach long-term funding goals (Press Release)--posted 11/10/16
Public Meeting Notice (November)--posted 11/3/16
Flash Report from NEPC (June 2016) --posted 8/3/16
2016 Cost of Living Adjustment for Retirees --posted 8/3/16
NMERB Fiscal Year Investment Results (Press Release) --posted 8/1/16
NMERB Transparency Policy--posted 6/27/16
GASB Letter to the Editor - posted 1/11/16