ERS manages retirement trust assets of approximately $29 billion on behalf of state employees and retirees, who are the beneficiaries of the Trust. Investment returns continue to be the largest funding component of retirement benefits, accounting for 65% of the value of the ERS Trust.

The ERS Board of Trustees, following a recommendation by the Investment Advisory Committee, adopted an asset allocation strategy to increase investment diversity while maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

Annualized Rate of Return (Annual Gross of Fees)

As of January 2020

ERS invests on a long-term basis with the goal of earning risk-adjusted investment returns at a reasonable cost to help provide retirement benefits guaranteed for the lifetime of State of Texas retirees.

10-year 5-year 3-year 1-year
8.20% 7.24% 8.76% 10.00%

Pension Funds Investment Pool Return (Net of Fees)

ERS net investment performance returns (less reasonable costs) is reflected against the policy benchmark (expected returns) based on the trust asset allocation above.

As of January 2020

chart of pension funds investment pool return - net of fees

ERS Retirement Trust Asset Allocation

ERS investments include a mix of active and passive management with an array of investment strategies. Investment asset classes include domestic and international equities, fixed income, global real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and infrastructure.

ERS' diversified portfolio generally brings steady returns and provide sufficient cash flow to pay monthly benefits and limit downside risk during poor economic environments over the long-term.

Total Fund Amount as of January 2020 - 29.2 billion chart of total fund amount

Asset Class  January 2020
Global Public Equity   38.60%
Fixed Income 26.89%
Private Equity  14.88%
Real Estate  10.89%
Hedge Funds  3.50%
Special Situations 0.41%
Infrastructure  3.01%
Cash & Equivalents  1.81%
TOTAL  100%