Facts & Research

Facts & Research
Key facts, figures and research about NYSTRS and pensions.
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2021 PAFR

2021 PAFR – An abbreviated version of NYSTRS' annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.

The Pension Dollar

The Pension Dollar – A hypothetical NYSTRS pension dollar shows how the System is funded and the impact pensions have on the economy.

Benefits Paid by County

Benefits Paid by County – See the total payments and number of benefit recipients by New York State county.

NYSTRS: Modeling Excellence

NYSTRS by the Numbers – A statistical overview of NYSTRS, one of the nation's largest public pension systems.

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A Better Bang for the Buck 3.0

A Better Bang for the Buck 3.0 – The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds defined benefit (DB) pension plans offer substantial cost advantages over 401(k)-style defined contribution (DC) accounts. A typical pension has a 49 percent cost advantage as compared to a typical DC account, with the cost advantages stemming from longevity risk pooling, higher investment returns, and optimally balanced investment portfolios.

Pensionomics 2021: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures

Pensionomics 2021: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures – Defined benefit pensions provide a huge boost to economic output, jobs and tax revenue in all levels of the U.S. economy, according to a new study by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). Retiree spending of pension benefits in 2018 – the most recent year studied – generated $1.3 trillion in total economic output, supporting about 6.9 million jobs across the country and adding $192 billion in tax revenue to government coffers, the report said.

NCPERS Study Finds Public Pension Funding Levels Rose

NCPERS Study Finds Public Pension Funding Levels Rose – Despite the use of more conservative actuarial assumptions, the average public pension plan funding level increased to 72.6% in 2018. (NYSTRS is virtually 100% funded.) Among other findings in the 2018 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) Public Retirement Systems Study is that public pensions remain among the most cost-effective plans nationally.

Stability in Overall Pension Plan Funding Masks a Growing Divide

Stability in Overall Pension Plan Funding Masks a Growing Divide – Big gaps in funding status exist among public pension plans across the country, according to a recent study of 180 plans by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The top plans – including NYSTRS with a funded ratio of virtually 100% – were stronger due to higher investment returns and more consistent employer contributions, the study found.

Retirement in America: Out of Reach for Working Americans?

Retirement in America: Out of Reach for Working Americans? – Public policy changes, including strengthening Social Security, are needed to address a growing retirement crisis in which the typical working American has no retirement savings, according to an analysis by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

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