SBCERA contracts with an independent actuarial consulting firm, Segal Consulting, to perform an Actuarial Valuation and Review of the retirement plan every fiscal year. An Actuarial Valuation and Review is an in-depth actuarial analysis of the pension fund. It compares SBCERA’s existing funds and contribution levels against the total cost of current and future promised benefits (i.e. assets vs. liabilities). To project future assets and costs, various economic and non-economic assumptions are used based on trends such as salary levels, life expectancy, death rates, investment earnings, etc.
Actuarial Valuation & Review
The completed Actuarial Valuation & Review is generally presented to the Board of Retirement in November and establishes the following:
- Employer and member contribution rates for the coming fiscal year.
- The gap between the actuarial value of SBCERA’s assets and cost of current and future liabilities, called the Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL).
- The ratio of the actuarial value of assets to the actuarial accrued liability, i.e. the funding ratio or level.
- Asset valuation method, which defines how market fluctuations affect the plan.
The information contained in the Actuarial Valuation and Review and Actuarial Experience and Assumption Studies has not been updated for developments subsequent to its issuance.
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Actuarial Experience and Assumption Study
Segal Consulting completes an Actuarial Experience Study and Review of Economic Assumptions every three years. These reports are used to determine the economic and non-economic assumptions to be used in future Actuarial Valuation and Reviews.
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