June 29, 2020

To WRS participants and other stakeholders:


As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, with its highly diversified strategy, is well positioned to weather the current market volatility. We continue to actively monitor investments and seek out market opportunities to keep the trust funds well positioned for the long term.
Across the organization, our staff continues their normal investment and trading operations remotely without disruption. In addition to internal management and operations, we remain connected to our external managers to evaluate performance and capitalize on timely opportunities that other less liquid funds may not have the capacity to do. As a long-term investor, we have navigated market downturns in the past, both large and small. We are proud that over the long term, our management of the trust funds has helped the WRS provide the promised benefits to its participants and be one of the very few fully funded public pension systems in the nation.

For the safety of our staff and visitors, and because we can work effectively from home, our offices remain closed. We will continue to monitor reports and guidance shared by federal, state, and local officials regarding COVID-19. In the meantime, you can click here for information on how to contact us with any questions. If you have questions about your WRS benefits, click here for information on how to contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds. 

We realize that this is a time when our work is perhaps the most critical. The way we work may have changed, but we have not changed our focus, because we know that over 652,000 WRS participants are counting on us. 


We hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy. 


David Villa

Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer



Year-to-date returns as of 6/30/20. 

Core Fund


Variable Fund



SWIB is directed by an independent Board of Trustees that appoints the executive director who oversees the Investment Board.


SWIB's goal as a long-term investor is to bring a disciplined, prudent, and innovative approach to market opportunities. 

The 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, 2019, SWIB managed more $128 billion in assets.

As part of SWIB’s strategic plan, we are always working to improve our investment initiatives so we remain well- positioned to continue to provide solid returns with moderate downside protection from volatile markets for the trust funds we manage.
By bringing a disciplined, prudent, and innovative approach to market opportunities, SWIB has been successful in generating respectable returns and maintaining the trust of the beneficiaries and stakeholders of the trust funds it manages.


SWIB is responsible for investing the assets of the WRS and several other trust funds. Please contact us if you have questions regarding investment of the trust funds or investment performance.


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The SWIB Board of Trustees consists of nine members meeting specific membership requirements and with a fiduciary duty to act solely in the best interest of the funds under management.


For public employees in Wisconsin, SWIB is a unique asset and a valuable partner. Approximately 652,000 participants and 1,500 employers in the WRS rely on SWIB to produce returns that will help provide a strong financial future.



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