When the stock market is in flux like it has been recently, having a defined benefit that grows as you continue to work regardless of market performance can be very reassuring. Additionally, many of our retirees during this time have expressed their monthly check has been a stabilizing force for their financial security. So, rest assured your LAGERS defined benefit provides you with financial security both today and when you retire.
It’s times like these where LAGERS strong plan design shines through for the thousands of public servants who rely on LAGERS’ benefits for their financial security. LAGERS provides our retirees with some peace of mind knowing their monthly benefit is going to arrive and provide them with essential income. We take this responsibility to our members and retirees very seriously, and it is shown through the system’s strong plan design. Here are 5 examples of how LAGERS is able to provide stability during times of instability.
As many of you know, we have had to cancel all of LAGERS in-person events from now until May 8th due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It was certainly not an easy decision to cancel these events that you, our members, rely on to learn more about your retirement plan. However, we still want to offer you the educational opportunities you need to further understand your LAGERS benefit. So, here are few of the online learning opportunities available to you.
Did you know that your LAGERS benefit isn’t just retirement benefits? If something were to happen to you while you are working there are also disability and survivor benefits available for active workers. These benefits are already included in the benefits provided by your employer and are automatic.
As we begin a new decade, it might be a good time to think about your financial goals for the next 10 years or more. When saving for retirement, our approach must be a long term approach so we can properly invest the money and generate additional funds through investment in the market. For some of us, retirement may be coming in the next decade and others retirement may be more than a decade away. Either way saving for retirement is important no matter where you are in your savings journey.
Are you uneasy about how your LAGERS benefit works, how much you will get from LAGERS or whether or not your spouse will receive any income after you pass away? Maybe you don’t know anything about your LAGERS benefit and want to learn as much as you can in a short amount of time. Or, you want to learn more about your options for working after drawing a benefit, the cost of living adjustments, the Value of Your benefit or the taxation of your benefit. Each of these topics and more are discussed in-depth at a LAGERS Pre-Retirement Seminar.
Traditionally, Black Friday is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. There are a number of steep discounts retail stores offer you and any savvy shopper would tell you are too good to pass up. Of course, it makes sense that you should try to spend less money on the same product you would have bought anyway. The same way it makes sense if you wanted to save the same amount of money in total by the time you retire, you want to pay less for it to accomplish your goal. Well, it’s possible if you begin saving at the right times.
Many people my age (mid 30s) can’t fathom what it’s going to be like in 30 years when we reach retirement. It’s a hard concept for us to understand because it is so far away from now. For some, you’re on the doorstep of retirement and others may be like me. Either way, we all need to understand the financial value LAGERS brings to our ability to achieve financial security in the future.