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Covered Employer Training Program. Module One Introduction to the Retirement Systems. Contact Information. South Carolina Retirement Systems 803-737-6800 800-868-9002 (within SC only) Website: www.retirement.sc.gov Write to: PO Box 11960 Columbia, SC 29211-1960.

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Covered employer training program

Covered EmployerTraining Program

Module One

Introduction to the Retirement Systems


Contact information

Contact Information

  • South Carolina Retirement Systems

    • 803-737-6800

    • 800-868-9002 (within SC only)

    • Website: www.retirement.sc.gov

    • Write to:

      PO Box 11960

      Columbia, SC 29211-1960

Follow along in your Covered Employer Procedures Manual!

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Other resources

Other Resources

  • Employee Insurance Program (EIP)

    • Employee Insurance Program1201 Main Street, Suite 300Columbia, South Carolina 29201803-734-0678

      888-260-9430 (toll-free)

  • South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program


Retirement plan types

Retirement Plan Types

  • In South Carolina, state, public school, and higher education employees have the choice to participate in the retirement plan that best suits their needs.

  • We offer the following plans to your employees:

    • South Carolina Retirement System; or

    • State Optional Retirement Program

    • Police Officers Retirement System (must meet eligibility requirements)

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Retirement Plan Types

  • Defined Benefit (DB) Plan

    • Provides a monthly benefit based on a formula, not on a member’s account balance at retirement.

    • Examples

      • South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS)

      • Police Officers Retirement System (PORS)

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Retirement Plan Types

  • Defined Contribution (DC) Plan

    • Provides a retirement benefit based on the balance in a participant’s account at retirement.

    • Example

      • State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP)

      • 401(k) or 457 plans such as those offered by the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program

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Defined benefit plan advantages

Defined Benefit Plan Advantages

  • SCRS and PORS:

    • Lifetime benefit

    • Plan assumes investment risk

    • Disability protection and incidental death benefit

    • Cost-of-living adjustments (COLA)

      • Each July 1, eligible SCRS retirees are expected to receive an automatic COLA equal to the percentage of the annual increase in the CPI-W as of the previous December 31, up to an increase of 2 percent.

      • If CPI-W is less than 2 percent, the COLA should equal the actual increase in the CPI-W.

      • COLAs are awarded only during periods of inflation, so no COLA will be awarded if the CPI-W is negative.


Defined benefit plan disadvantages

Defined Benefit Plan Disadvantages

  • If member terminates and takes refund, the member does not receive employer contributions or earnings on employer contributions.

  • The member has no say in investment decisions.

  • Benefit is reduced if the member retires early.


Defined contribution plan advantages

Defined Contribution Plan Advantages

  • State ORP

    • Participant self-directs and manages investments

    • Employee and a portion of the employer contributions (5 percent) are posted directly to participant’s account

    • Participant has immediate rights to both employee and employer contributions upon termination of employment

    • Active employee incidental death benefit


Defined contribution plan disadvantages

Defined Contribution Plan Disadvantages

Participant assumes investment risk

No disability protection

No COLA protection

Participant bears life expectancy risk


Defined benefit plan funding

Defined Benefit Plan Funding

  • SCRS and PORS

    • Employers contribute a percentage of payroll for each member

    • Employees contribute a pre-tax percentage of their salary

    • Investment returns contribute to funding for SCRS and PORS

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Defined Benefit Plan Funding

Managed by the SC Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC)

Comprised of financial experts and highly qualified, professional investment staff

RSIC structures a portfolio with competitive risk and return characteristics comparable to our peers

RSIC’s goal is for the Retirement Systems’ investment performance to rank among the best state retirement plans in the nation


Market volatility

Market Volatility

  • Market volatility often creates buying opportunities and we use periods such as this to take advantage of reduced asset prices

  • Due to the permanence of governmental pension plans, actuarial smoothing is used to provide a more accurate long-term look at public pension plan investment performance

  • By smoothing returns over a period of years, market volatility, either positive or negative, is moderated over time and required contributions to a plan are predictable and relatively level

  • The current market situation will not impact the Retirement Systems’ ability to pay benefits


Economic impact of our plans

Economic Impact of Our Plans

  • We disburse more than $2 billion in benefits annually.*

  • Approximately 94 percent of our annuitants reside in South Carolina.

*Based on US Bureau of Economic Analysis data for 2007.


Covered employer training program

Disclaimer

THE LANGUAGE USED IN THIS PRESENTATION DOES NOT CREATE ANY CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENTS AND DOES NOT CREATE A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE MEMBER AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA RETIREMENT SYSTEMS. THE SOUTH CAROLINA RETIREMENT SYSTEMS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE THE CONTENT OF THIS PRESENTATION.

This presentation is meant to serve as a guide but does not constitute a binding representation of the South Carolina Retirement Systems. The statutes governing the South Carolina Retirement Systems are found in Title 9 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, and should there be any conflict between this presentation and the statutes or Retirement Systems’ policies, the statutes and policies will prevail.

Employers covered by the South Carolina Retirement Systems are not agents of the Retirement Systems.


Summary

Summary

  • Employees have the choice to participate in the retirement plan that best suits their needs.

  • SCRS and PORS retirement benefits are secure and include an automatic annual COLA up to an increase of 2 percent during periods of inflation.

  • Assets are prudently invested to maximize returns.

  • The Retirement Systems has a significant, positive impact on the economy of South Carolina.


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