The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) is the 9th largest public pension fund in the US
and the 30th* largest public or private pension fund in the world. Participants
include current and former employees of Wisconsin’s state agencies and most
local governments other than the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.
assets is the responsibility of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB).
Individual accounts and benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) are
managed by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).
to the WRS by employees and their employers are invested by the Investment
Board. The accumulated funds in the retirement system trusts are used to pay
*Rankings as of September 2011
Trust Fund performance and impact on
particpants since 1983
Overview of the Core and Variable performance
The WRS has
two funds: the Core Fund, a fully diversified
fund, and the
Variable Fund, an all-stock fund.
A new study on public pension systems by the
Center gives the WRS high marks.
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