2012 News


Trustee Elections in Spring 2013

Elections will be conducted in Spring 2013 for two seats on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. A Teachers’ Systems representative and an Employees’ Systems representative will be chosen in the election. These two board seats are currently held by Teachers’ Systems representative Kenneth B. Haines and Employees’ Systems representative Sheila Hill, whose terms expire in July 2013. Although these two board seats are open only to active members, both active members and retirees of the respective systems will be eligible to vote.


Retirees to Receive Cost of Living Adjustment in July 2012

Retirees who have been retired for at least one full year, as of July 1, 2012, will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in July. This year’s adjustment has been set at 3.157%, which is based by state law upon the Consumer Price Index (all urban consumers – United States city average – all items) for the previous calendar year. This COLA rate exceeds the system 3% cap for the majority of retirees of the state pension system.

Retirees and beneficiaries of the following plans will have their COLA capped at 3% this year.


MSRA Selects Absolute Return Consultant
Albourne America LLC Chosen by Investment Division

The Investment Division of the Maryland State Retirement Agency (MSRA) today announced that it has selected Albourne America LLC to advise staff on the retirement system’s Absolute Return portfolio. As of November 30, 2011, the System has roughly $2.5 billion invested in its Absolute Return allocation.

“We look forward to working closely with Albourne in reviewing the existing absolute return portfolio and considering how to maximize its effectiveness going forward,” said MSRA Chief Investment Officer, A. Melissa Moye.