Saturday, October 19, 2019

Media Resources

Quick Links:

About MERS
Experience Study Overview (pdf)
Financial Wellness Report (pdf)
GASB Resources
MERS Participating Municipalities (pdf)

Media Contact

Jennifer Mausolf
Communications and Retirement Strategies Director



Myths & Facts

The retirement field can be complicated, and we want to be sure we share accurate information. Here are some common myths and facts:

MYTH: Underfunding in the MERS system is caused by overly generous assumptions about future investment returns and mortality rates.

FACT: Underfunding occurs for many reasons including, historical benefit enhancements and the once in 100 year market downturn of 2008. In addition, as a voluntary system, many plans joined MERS underfunded.

To ensure assumptions are sound, we perform an Experience Study every five years. This best practice helps us ensure that each municipality's plan assets are adequate to provide for the benefits that are expected to be paid and that each plan is making reasonable progress to achieve full funding.

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