For Immediate Release: December 8, 2020
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS, the retirement system) member interest rate for calendar year 2021 will be zero percent.
This interest rate is applied to a member’s accumulated contributions on an annual basis. Member accumulated contributions represent the total amount a member has paid into the retirement system throughout his or her career, plus credited interest; employer contributions are not included.
Pursuant to RSA 100-A:16, II(g), the annual interest rate on member accumulated contributions is set at 2 percentage points less than either the most recent Board of Trustees’ approved assumed rate of investment return – currently 6.75 percent – or the actual rate of return for the preceding fiscal year, whichever is lower. The law also states that the rate shall not be less than zero. Because the NHRS actual rate of return for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, was 1.1 percent, the member interest rate for calendar year 2021 is 0 percent.
The change in the member interest rate does not affect the accrual of pension benefits for active members, which is based on service credit and salary. It also does not affect benefits paid to current retirees and beneficiaries.
Historical Member Interest Rates 2011-2021
Calendar year 2021 – 0%
Calendar year 2020 – 3.7%
Calendar year 2019 – 5.25%
Calendar year 2018 – 5.25%
Calendar year 2017 – 0%
Calendar year 2016 – 1.5%
Calendar year 2015 – 5.75%
Calendar year 2014 – 5.75%
Calendar year 2013 – 0%
Calendar year 2012 – 5.75%
July 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2011 – 5.75%
NHRS provides retirement, disability, and death benefits to its eligible members and their beneficiaries. The State of New Hampshire and more than 460 local government employers participate in NHRS for their employees, teachers, firefighters, and police officers. NHRS has more than 48,000 active members and 39,000 benefit recipients. NHRS administers a defined benefit plan qualified as a tax-exempt entity under sections 401(a) and 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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