If you know Mary Lou Newman-Teel, make sure you congratulate her on winning this year's drawing for free lodging at the annual meeting! And thank you to all who entered by registering for the annual meeting early.
This year’s LAGERS Annual Meeting is returning to wonderful St. Louis, MO! The hotel hosting the LAGERS Annual Meeting will be the Sheraton Westport Chalet located at the Westport Plaza in a suburb of St. Louis, Maryland Heights, MO. This wonderful hotel accommodates a large variety of meetings, including previous LAGERS Annual Meetings. Click Here for Reservation Information.
There are two paths to retirement, the traditional path and the non-traditional path. The traditional path is the one where you work your entire career and decide to retire to a life of leisure with no plans for a future job of any sort. The non-traditional path is a more of a gentle downward slope rather than a cliff into retirement. It is characterized by continuing some type of paid employment and gradually easing into the life of leisure when you sever ties with all employment for good. Which path will you take? If you're like most Americans, you will take the non-traditional path.
Every year, around this time, I’m always amazed by how quickly time has flown. This year, of course, was no different. In fact, it seems like time is going faster each and every year. Now that the kids are back in school, playoff baseball and football are quickly approaching, its that time of year where we begin ramping up for the LAGERS Annual Meeting.
If your employer has elected the Rule of 80 option for your LAGERS retirement benefit, you have another option for when you can retire and collect your benefit.
I recently attended the National Association of State Retirement Administrators annual training conference. It’s very helpful to get together with peers and share successes and what’s working best with others across the country. It serves both as an affirmation of some things we’re doing very well and an inspiration of other practices we can employ to be even better. (At this point I’m sure you’re thinking, “Wow, I bet THAT’S a giant gathering of retirement nerds...and you would be right. But we're hard working, caring nerds, so it’s all good.) My desk now includes 4 pages of notes ranging from cybersecurity ideas for discussion, team/leadership development, to membership surveys. The information is only as good as the user, so my task is to explore each item to see how it might make our system even better.
When planning for your financial future, there are many different factors that you must consider to ensure you can achieve financial independence. I am constantly thinking about retirement, of course, because I work for a retirement system. But, for Millennials like me, we have a hard time thinking about retirement because it’s 20 or more years away. So, how do we set ourselves up to ensure we can reach a point in our life where we can do what we want, when we want to? Here’s idea to get you started, set a budget and stick to it.
We spend a lot of time talking about the savings crisis in the United States. We’ve written about the unfunded liabilities in 401(k) plans, we’ve written about the lack of financial literacy, and the dangerously low retirement account balances across the country. And while all of this might lead to the conclusions that having a defined benefit plan, like LAGERS, is an important cornerstone to retirement security in America, pension reform debates still often favor the significant reduction or elimination of defined benefit plans altogether.
In 2013, the City of Webster Groves joined the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), a statewide public defined benefit retirement plan covering local government workers from all across Missouri. This is our story of why and how we made this giant leap forward in providing retirement benefits to our employees, and, we believe, in ultimately enhancing service to our citizens.