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Assumed Earnings Rate

The PERS Board voted to keep the assumed earnings rate at 8 percent at its July 29, 2011 meeting. The Board also approved other demographic assumptions for the 2010 Experience Study presented by PERS’ actuary, Mercer.

The assumed earnings rate is the investment return rate (including inflation) that the PERS Fund’s regular account is expected to earn over the long term and is used to establish employer contribution rates, calculate some retirement benefits, and for crediting Tier One regular accounts with annual earnings.