Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is the trustee of the Common Retirement Fund, which is the third largest public pension fund in the country. The Fund’s assets come from three main sources: member contributions, employer contributions, and investment returns. The Fund has two main goals:
- Provide the means to pay benefits to NYSLRS’ participants; and
- Minimize employer contributions through an investment program designed to protect and enhance the long-term value of the assets.
Over the last 20 years, 79 percent of benefits have been funded from investment returns. When you retire from NYSLRS, your monthly pension benefit—and the benefits of many others—will be drawn from this fund. Ethical management and a long-term, diversified investment strategy has made NYSLRS one of the best managed and funded plans in the nation.
Strategic Long-Term Investments
The Fund’s investment program is designed to weather the ups and downs of an increasingly volatile global market. Our long-term target allocation for our investment portfolio is 22 percent in fixed income assets (bonds and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities [TIPS]) and 78 percent in equities, which includes:
- Domestic and international public equities
- Real estate
- Real assets
- Absolute return strategies
- Private equity investments
- Opportunistic funds
A diversified investment strategy helps us meet the funding needs for our current and future retirees while also helping to control risk.
The Fund is Well-Managed
An independent review of the Fund commended Comptroller DiNapoli and NYSLRS for strong policies and ethical management. By adhering to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, our members, retirees, and beneficiaries can be confident the Fund is being managed wisely.