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By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

March 16, 2023 – OPERS encourages all members and retirees to subscribe to the PERSpective blog, our weekly update on your retirement system.

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Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

5 thoughts on “Subscribe to PERSpective

  • March 20, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Are the investments that you make with the portfolio safe in light of the recent banking collapse?

    • March 21, 2023 at 1:59 pm


      Yes. OPERS maintains a diversified, global investment portfolio that is intended to manage risk, reduce volatility and ultimately produce investment returns that enable OPERS to fund retirement benefits.

      The short-term performance of an individual security does not impact our ability to deliver these retirement benefits to our members.

      On March 10, OPERS had 30,125 shares of Silicon Valley Bank worth $3.2M and 31,796 shares of Signature Bank worth $2.2M. That total represents less than 1 one-hundredth of 1 percent (0.0058%) of our Defined Benefit Fund, which stood at $92.5 billion at the end of 2022.

      • March 21, 2023 at 10:25 pm

        Is the US Government going to backstop the pension funds to prevent losses like they are doing with other depositors and investors?

        • March 27, 2023 at 8:00 am


          OPERS is well-funded, and we are not subject to the same federal oversight as banks. In fact, state pensions are not guaranteed at any level by the federal government.


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