Investment Risk and Public Pension Plans: The Pension Simulation Project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government Webcast

December 15, 2017


External Forces & Industry Knowledge Technical Skills & Analytical Problem Solving


Presented by

Social Insurance & Public Finance Section

Who Should Participate

Pension and Social Insurance and Public Finance as well as public pension actuaries and all others interested in public pensions.


The goal of the Rockefeller Institute's Pension Simulation Project is to develop a better understanding of the risks that pension funds pose for stakeholders in government, both for prototypical plans and for selected specific plans. The project has created stochastic models of public pension fund finances that model investment return uncertainty and examine many possible outcomes. Since June of 2016, the project has produced eight reports, including four on specific systems and four more general reports on funding practices, demographic characteristics and investment risk.

In this webcast Rockefeller's director of fiscal studies, Donald Boyd, will review the specific risks that the project studies as well as the tools and metrics used to assess those risks. Consulting actuary, Graham Schmidt, will comment on both the project methodologies and the broader conclusions of its studies.

This webcast should be of interest not only to actuaries consulting to public retirement systems but also to anyone interested in the risks associated with funding those systems.

How the live webcast works and what it includes

You do not need any special equipment. On Dec. 14, 2017, before 2:00 p.m. ET you will be sent detailed webcast instructions via email including the Web address for accessing the presentation. Any handouts that are available will also be sent. You will follow along with both the slide presentation and the audio portion of the broadcast over the Internet. The registration fee includes:

The registration fee includes:

  • One access code to the live webcast;
  • One Internet connection;
  • One phone connection (to be used only if experiencing sound issues or if in a conference room with a group);
  • One set of presentation materials; and
  • Access to the subsequent webcast recording.

Please note that each access code may only be used for one location , even if you register for more than one participant.

Post-Webcast Purchase Opportunity

For those who are interested in SOA webcasts but are unable to participate in the live event, access to an archived recording of the webcast will be available for purchase approximately 10 business days following the event by using the following link.