Connecting with State and Local Leaders

 

I spent some time last week visiting with LAGERS members at the Missouri Municipal League legislative conference.  This event is a time for local government leaders from across the state to gather in our capital city to listen to and speak with other elected officials about the challenges and opportunities facing their local communities.

Making Community Happen

Local government service is not for everyone. It takes employees and officials who are willing to invest time in their community and deeply care about building quality of life. There are so many areas of life that local government touches – from streets to sewers, schools to streams, youth programs to public safety, community art to secure online services– the people who serve must invest time to learn about and address a wide variety of issues, all to make their community stronger.

Tagged Members, value of local government, cities, municipalities, Missouri Municipal League

How LAGERS Handles Market Changes

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To many, the market turmoil that hit stocks globally last week came out of nowhere. In the US, after almost two years of the stock market grinding its way higher, seemingly in defiance of gravity, the over 5% fall last week reminded us that what goes up must come down. In truth, we’ve been living in an investing world which isn’t normal. Falls in the market like the one experienced this February however, are entirely normal, and often healthy, for markets to experience.

Tagged Investments, Investments; Return; LAGERS Portfolio, inflation, stock market, equities

Back by Popular Demand - 5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit

Untitled design-305412-edited.pngIt's almost Valentine's Day, and we thought it would be fitting to re-post one of our favorite blogs from 2015 by Elizabeth Althoff, "5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit." There are so many reasons to love a secure retirement, and LAGERS checks all the boxes. So while you're thinking of candy and flowers and heaarts, now that LAGERS is thinking about your financial future.

Tagged COLA, disability, Disability Benefits, Employers, Members, Prospective Members, Retirees, secure retirement, Security, Survivors Benefits, Public service, inflation

A Word from Bob - Out Spreading LAGERS' Message

I was recently invited to the National Association of Police Organizations annual conference to speak regarding Communicating the Value of Public Service and also participate in a panel discussing Plan Funding and Design.The conference focus was best practices in attracting and retaining the best possible public servants and re-instilling value, pride and commitment to community service.It was truly an honor to be part of a group so dedicated to making a difference and proactively moving our communities forward.The caring of so many across the country was humbling and inspiring.

Tagged police, value of local government, Public service, Goals, public safety, Bob Wilson, NAPO

3 Reasons Why An Employer Should Provide a Pension 

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Governments face many tough decisions when determining how to make the best use of taxpayer dollars. Citizens demand a certain level of service from public entities for protection, infrastructure, health, education, and more. Of course, in order to provide these services, governments need to be able to attract and retain qualified workers. The better the public workers you have working in your community, the better services you will enjoy as a taxpayer.

Tagged Retirement Security, Upgrade, Value of pensions, Financial security, Taxpayers, Retirement plans, Public service, Strategy

An Update from LAGERS' Leadership

At LAGERS, we work every day to ensure that our members have secure modest retirement income when they decide to leave the workforce. It is extremely important for our members to be able to transition from middle class worker to a middle class retiree.

Your 1099 Decoded

1099's are now available to download from your myLAGERSaccount. We will mail paper copies to everyone on January 31, so keep this blog post handy as a reference to decoding the taxation of your retirement benefit.

Tagged 1099, taxes, Taxpayers

Make Sure to "See us First!"

We love our Facebook followers. We have over 1700 likes, which means we have grown a lot over the past year! It seems like just yesterday we hit 1,000 likes...

Tagged LAGERS, Facebook

GOT ETHICS?

“I think ethics is the most exciting topic in the world to talk about,” said no one ever.


 

I know people who actually cringe when they discover a seminar or conference they will be attending has a session on ethics. Some professions require training in ethics—for example, those of us with a CPA license must obtain a whopping two hours of ethics training per year. (Thank you Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc…)

Tagged compliance, Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, Getting it Right, Members, pensions, Retirement, retirement planning, Retirement Security, Secure, secure retirement, Security, Strategy, Goals, ethics

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