According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a $257.2 billion, or 10.6%, increase from $2.4 trillion in 2009. This follows a $722.2 billion loss the previous year.
There were $346.1 billion in earnings on investments in 2010, compared with losses the previous year totaling $621.1 billion. This was the first year showing positive earnings since 2007. Retirement systems have substantial investments in financial markets, and consequently earnings are dependent on changes in market performance.
Employee contributions decreased by 0.5%, from $39.3 billion in 2009, to $39.1 billion in 2010. Government contributions increased by 1.5%, from $85.2 billion in 2009, to $86.4 billion in 2010. Employee contributions comprised 31.2%, and government contributions comprised 68.8% of total contributions.
Total payments increased by 6%, from $201.7 billion in 2009 to $213.8 billion in 2010. Payments consist of benefits, withdrawals and other payments.
Benefits increased by 6.4%, from $188.9 billion in 2009, to $201.0 billion in 2010. Benefit payments comprised 94% of total payments.
Most investment categories showed increases, with decreases in only cash and short-term investments, mortgages and real property. These three categories comprised 7.9% of total holdings.
Corporate stocks rose by 13.4%, from $820.2 billion in 2009, to $930.2 billion in 2010. Corporate stocks comprised 34.8% of total holdings. Corporate bonds increased by 2.8%, from $413.1 billion in 2009, to $424.9 billion in 2010. Foreign and international securities increased by 13.8%, from $370.8 billion in 2009, to $421.9 billion in 2010. Corporate stocks and bonds, and foreign and international securities comprised two-thirds of total holdings at 66.4% in 2010.
Governmental securities (which include U.S. Treasury securities) increased by 7.8%, from $215.2 billion in 2009, to $232.0 billion in 2010. Governmental securities comprised 8.7% of total holdings.
Statistics are shown for revenues, expenditures, cash and investments, and membership information by national, state and local levels, in addition to a national summary table.
Statistics are from the 2010 Annual Survey of Public-Employee Retirement Systems, an annual look at the financial activity and membership information of the nation's state and local public-employee retirement systems, including revenues, expenditures, investment holdings, and number of retirement systems and beneficiaries.
For more information, visit http://www.census.gov/govs/retire.
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