Summary of the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2016:Q4

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, G16-QSPP4, March 2017

For the 100 largest public-employee pension systems in the country, assets (cash and investments) totaled $3,396.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, increasing by 0.4 percent from the 2016 third-quarter level of $3,383.8 billion. Compared to the same quarter in 2015, assets for these major public-pension systems increased 4.2 percent from $3,260.5 billion, continuing the year-to-year growth trend started in the third quarter of 2016 (see Figure 1). The asset categories highlighted in this summary are the major asset categories (equities, debt instruments, and cash equivalents) and do not reflect all of the categories published for the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions (QSPP).