One of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to your LAGERS benefit is that in order to be eligible for a monthly benefit, you must stay with your employer until you retire. The truth is, your benefit is more portable than you may think, and regardless of whether you plan to be a career-long local government employee in Missouri, or if you have plans to move on in the future, you have lots of different options when it comes to taking your LAGERS benefit with you!
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 member recently emailed the following: I am currently a vested member and am possibly getting ready to change jobs to an employer that does not have Lagers. I want to keep my Lagers because I am a vested member, how do I do that?