WRS Performance
Preliminary year-to-date as of 7/31/16
Preliminary returns are estimated, subject to final portfolio and benchmark valuations.
Core  7.0%
Variable  6.7%

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To be a trusted and skilled global investment organization contributing to a strong financial future for the beneficiaries of the funds entrusted to us.

SWIB will be an innovative, agile, integrated organization that optimizes investment returns while managing risk and cost over the long term.

WRS ranked as leader
The latest report from the Pew Center on the States lists the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) as one of only two systems that are fully funded.
2015 Pew Center Report

The National Institute on Retirement Security has issued a report: "Pensionomics 2012 (Revised July 2014): Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures."  Click here to read the Wisconsin fact sheet from the study.


Welcome to SWIB

picture of older coupleThe State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), created in 1951, is responsible for managing the assets of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), the State Investment Fund (SIF) and other state trust funds. As of December 31, 2015, SWIB managed over $99 billion in assets.



WRS News Online (Active Employees); WRS News (Retired Members)

Incentive Awards Paid for $1.2 Billion in Investment Outperformance



Stock market performance in 2015 and early 2016 indicate we are in an environment where it will be possible to make money, but there will be significant investment challenges moving forward. Many economists believe this "low return environment" will result in investment returns over the next decade similar to those we have seen the past couple of years rather than the higher ones we saw in the 1980s and 1990s.

SWIB has implemented a strategy that is designed to add protection to the WRS and stabilize, as much as possible, investment returns and, in turn, contribution rates for active employees and their employers, and annuity adjustments for retirees. Michael Williamson, SWIB executive director, explains the challenges facing SWIB and the WRS, the impact investment volatility can have on WRS participants, SWIB's investment strategy, and other initiatives SWIB is implementing to protect WRS investments.



Subscribers of Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) E-mail Updates can now receive, on a monthly basis, notification of preliminary, calendar year-to-date investment returns for the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) trust funds, along with other important information from SWIB. Registration for this free service is easy and quick. On the Quick Subscribe page, select the "SWIB News" box.

Office - 121 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
General Telephone - (608) 266-2381

Beneficiary Hotline 267-0957 or (800) 424-7942 
Email - info@swib.state.wi.us