When will YOU be able to retire? This is often the first question many of our LAGERS members have for us. Determining when the best time to retire may be for you is a big decision. There are different answers for different types of LAGERS members:
The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies recently wrapped up its annual retirement survey that measures employer and worker attitudes towards retirement. The results of this survey provide interesting insight about how three generations participating in the workforce (Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers) view retirement.
There is no question that the Boomers (those born between 1946 - 1964) are not only transforming retirement, but society as a whole. Transamerica calls this generation the "trailblazers of the new retirement" because they have "re-written societal rules at every stage of their life." There is too much information to unpack the entire Transamerica survey in this blog, so we will focus on the Boomers and some of their retirement blindspots they need to address as they approach retirement.
If you are a Boomer, you will want to keep reading.
LAGERS offers several retirement payment options for you at retirement. And, believe it or not, there is not one option that is better than the other. In fact, the payment options themselves are designed to ultimately pay the same total amount to you or your beneficiary once both of you have passed away. That fact does not really help you make the decision as to which payment options you will choose. Because, while there is no better option than the other, there is an option that may better fit your needs in retirement. Here are some things you should be thinking about when determining which payment option you will choose.
When presenting at a Pre-Retirement Seminar, many of the attendees ask me questions about what their spouse will receive from LAGERS once they pass away. There are a couple of options that married members may choose at the time of retirement that will pay to their spouse upon their death. Read this blog for more information about spousal options. On the other hand, I do get some questions from single members wondering if they have any options. Don’t worry; even if you’re single, you have some options with your retirement benefit.
Very soon, you will be receiving your Member Annual Statement. While this piece of paper may not seem like much, it is a beneficial tool in your retirement planning arsenal. As you may know, your LAGERS retirement benefit will provide you with a secure stream of income when you retire. Coupled with your own personal savings, Social Security, and other sources of income, your LAGERS benefit will help you achieve financial independence when you decide to retire in the future. So, one of the first things that your annual statement may help you do is plan your retirement saving efforts by you knowing how much to expect from your LAGERS benefit.