People don't always know the answer to the question,"Who can participate in LAGERS?" Since LAGERS is a defined benefit pension plan and not based on an account balance, certain criteria have to be met in order for you to be able to participate in the plan.
There are so many reasons not to care about retirement. It's so far away. We have student loans to pay off. We are building a house. We just had a(nother) baby. We want to take a vacation. We want to buy a truck/boat/camper/iPhone, etc. It is so easy for the financial pressures of today to overshadow the financial necessities of tomorrow.
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.
LAGERS retirees contribute to the economies of cities and counties all across our great state. Just take a look at this snapshot of the economic impact created by the retirees of Northwest Missouri. In 2017, over $15 million was paid to our retirees, who then in turn spent money in our communities with their LAGERS benefits.
A few years ago, I was at a meeting where I was to give a presentation to a group of LAGERS retirees. Before I even started speaking at least three different people stopped me and asked, “So, when is the money going to run out?”
I recently had the chance to speak with the board of a prospective employer, and a common question came up about the relationship between investment performance and contribution rates. Coincidentally, I planned to share this blog post and video explaining the relationship between LAGERS investment performance and employer contribution rates.
Above: 2016 annual benefits paid to LAGERS' benefit recipients in Missouri.
This post was originally published in November, 2017. For more information on how pensions benefit everyone, go to showmesecurity.molagers.org
Employee benefits are often thought to be for the betterment of one and only one group - the employees. Rather than simply providing a salary, employers use benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and paid vacation to build morale, keep good workers, and to attract new workers. For these reasons, it makes sense to think that compensation other than salary are good for the employees and only the employees. But there is more to it than that.
A publicly-held company must make decisions that will positively affect the bottom line so the shareholders may profit. Likewise, government leaders serve the taxpayers and make decisions to enhance the prosperity of their communities. Decisions about employee benefits, therefore, cannot only be valuable to the employee, but also must make sense for the shareholder or taxpayer. In other words, all stakeholders must get some return on the investment for employee benefits.