ERS manages retirement trust assets of approximately $34.1 billion on behalf of state employees and retirees, who are the beneficiaries of the Trust. Investment returns continue to be the largest funding component of retirement benefits, accounting for more than 60% of the benefits provided by the ERS Trust.

The ERS Board of Trustees, following a recommendation by the Investment Advisory Committee, adopted an asset allocation strategy to provide long-term capital appreciation while maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

Pension Funds Investment Pool Return

ERS invests on a long-term basis with the goal of earning superior risk-adjusted investment returns for the Trust at a reasonable cost to help provide retirement benefits for the lifetime of State of Texas retirees. In the chart below, the net investment returns of the Trust over varying time horizons are compared to those of the Policy Benchmark, which represent the expected returns of the Trust’s strategic asset allocation without any gains from effective implementation.

As of April 2023

April 2023 Pension funds investment pool return chart. Long description of chart above.

ERS Retirement Trust Asset Allocation

The investments of the ERS Trust include an array of investment strategies with a mix of active and passive management.  Investment asset classes include domestic and international equities, private equity, government bonds, credit, real estate, hedge funds, and infrastructure.  

The diversified portfolio of ERS generally brings steady long-term gains and provide sufficient cash flow to pay monthly benefits and limit downside risk during poor economic environments.

Total Trust value as of April 2023 - $34.1 billion

Asset ClassApril 2023Strategic Target
Public Equity32.2 %35 %
Private Equity18.8 %16 %
Public Credit6.9 %9 %
Private Credit3.6 %3 %
Public Real Estate2.2 %3 %
Private Real Estate11.1 %9 %
Infrastructure6.2 %5 %
Rates10.5 %12 %
Hedge Funds5.7 %6 %
Special Situations0 %0 %
Cash2.8 %2 %
TOTAL100 %100 %