CalPERS reported an impressive 8.6% return on its investments over the last fiscal year. That's on top of the 11.2% CalPERS reported for fiscal year 2016-17. CalPERS investment return brings the total fund up to 71% funded, meaning CalPERS has that percentage of the funds it needs to pay out its obligations. CalPERS recently reduced its predicted returns, triggering higher contributions into the system. Continued successful investment returns is good news for California labor unions and public employers in the CalPERS system.