When we think about financial planning, we usually think about money, right? Of course money plays a big part in your financial planning, but we also need to consider what lifestyle we are going to live and how long are we going to need income. In other words, are you going to live an expensive lifestyle; and how long are you going to live?
Recently, a member emailed the following question to our infobox: "What are my payout options as it relates to my retirement fund? For example . . . if I needed car repairs, could I pull some out for that?" My immediate thought was to respond with a solid "NO," but then I started thinking about situations which allow a member to receive their own contributions before reaching normal retirement age.
A new study by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) shows that income retirees receive from public pension plans, like LAGERS, produce positive economic impacts across the nation. The study, using 2016 data, reports public pensions are responsible for $1.2 trillion in total economic output in the U.S. and added $202.6 billion in government revenue from retiree income taxes and spending.
LAGERS’ Investment Team describes the portfolio allocation process as being similar to building a house. We want to build a house that will withstand all types of weather, one that will protect our loved ones against anything that the current or future environment could throw our way. We seek to accomplish this same goal in portfolio construction, using diversification of assets, liquidity, and careful monitoring of exposures to ensure we’re not dependent on any one market environment to succeed. The last six months of 2018 saw the “weather” in the global market change drastically from the last nine years since the crisis. Due to the portfolio adjustments of the last few years, resulting in the current allocation, the house was only minimally impacted by this current storm.
One of the most important things our members can do is to help us share the good news of LAGERS. By ensuring local government employers have the tools to attract and retain great public servants, like you, LAGERS helps local communities across Missouri thrive and flourish – and it is important that we share this great news with our elected policy makers!