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Investment Update

The City of Milwaukee Pension Fund earned a return of 3.6%, net of fees, in the second quarter of 2017. This return outperformed the Fund’s blended benchmark by 0.4%. GDP growth in the U.S. was sluggish, but still positive, and unemployment remained low. The Fund reported positive returns for all asset classes. Public equity markets across the globe continued their strong performance, with the Fund’s public equity allocation returning 4.5%, net of fees. The Fund’s fixed income return was 1.8%, net of fees – outperforming the benchmark return of 1.5%. The Fund’s alternative asset classes continued to perform well. Strong private equity reports came in, resulting in an 8.3% return. Absolute return was up 1.6%, net of fees, in the quarter, and real estate was up 1.1%, net of fees, in the first quarter of 2017, which is the most recent quarterly data available. The market value of the Fund on June 30, 2017 totaled approximately $5.14 billion.

  • Quarterly investment performance reports prepared by ERS’ investment consultant. They include information on current economic and market conditions, the Fund’s asset allocation, investment asset class returns and manager performance.

  • Capital market summaries cover overall market trends.

  • R.V. Kuhns’ annual surveys of the largest American public pension funds.

  • Our statement of investment policy reflects the investment policy, objectives and constraints of the City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System and provides the Annuity and Pension Board with the parameters to invest the assets of the Fund.  We also have a real estate investment policy and a private equity investment policy.

  • An analysis was done to compare the performance of the Fund’s active managers versus the returns of an index fund. The results show that, over the last 10 years, the decision to invest actively has added an estimated $98 million to the Fund. Results also show that, over the prior 20 years, the decision to invest actively has added an estimated $683 million to the Fund on a cumulative basis.

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