How Does the Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA) work?
The PCRA is a self-directed brokerage account (SDBA) designed to complement your CalPERS 457 Plan core investments. PCRA gives you greater access to thousands of additional investment choices. It is different than a typical retail brokerage account because it is part of your retirement plan. Because your assets are part of a retirement plan, your investments are tax-deferred. You can only fund your PCRA through transfers from your CalPERS 457 Plan core investments.
To open an account, a minimum transfer amount of $1,000 applies for initial and $250 for subsequent transfers. In addition, a minimum core fund investment balance of $1,000 must be maintained. The plan charges an annual plan administration fee of 23 basis points and a $50 annual maintenance fee. These fees are deducted pro rata on a monthly basis.
You may follow the online application process described here