Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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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: MERS assumed an 8 percent rate of return in its 2015 financial report, but it has only achieved an actual rate of return of 6 percent since 2000.

FACT: As retirement plans operate over long-term time horizons, it’s important to look at long-term rates rather than any single year, or 10 year period. Historically MERS has met the 8 percent assumption over the long-term, however, since the financial crisis in 2008, experts agree that a 7.75 percent long term assumption might be more achievable.

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