Trust Fund

The net assets of the retirement system were valued at $8.29 billion as of June 30, 2017.

Funding for NHRS pension benefits is derived from member contributions, employer contributions and trust fund assets. Investment returns have historically provided the bulk of funding for pension benefits.

Article 36-a of the New Hampshire Constitution prescribes that retirement system funds are to be used for the “exclusive purpose of providing for such (retirement and related benefits) and shall not be encumbered for, or diverted to, any other purposes.”

 10-year History of Net Position Held in Trust for Benefits (in millions) 

 Net Assets Available for Benefits

NHRS was 61.8 percent funded at the close of the fiscal year.  This means that the actuarial value of the retirement system’s assets is 61.8 percent of the projected amount needed to pay for current and accrued benefits for retirees and active members. Additional background on NHRS funding and liabilities is available in the “NHRS … Now You Know” section.

10-year History of Funded Ratio 
Pension Plan Funded Ratio History

Note:  Funded ratio impacted by changes to actuarial assumptions in 2011 and 2016.

NHRS paid out $706.3 million in pension benefits to 35,694 retirees or their beneficiaries in fiscal year 2017.  In addition to pension benefits, NHRS paid out $50.6 million in post-retirement Medical Subsidy allowances.

Financial Accounting Data

The NHRS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) includes financial accounting data required under Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements No. 67, which deals with financial reporting for pension plans, and No. 74, which deals with financial reporting of OPEB benefits (i.e. the Medical Subsidy).

This information is for accounting purposes only and does not impact employer contribution rates or the statutory funding plan in place to pay down the NHRS unfunded liability.

For additional information on GASB reporting, see: https://www.nhrs.org/employers/gasb