If Your Employer Provides a Retirement Plan, You're in the Minority

 

A recent article in Forbes, Workplace Retirement Coverage Drops And The System Continues To Fail, by Teresa Ghilarducci, provides some sobering statistics about retirement preparedness for Americans. It is no surprise Americans who have access to a retirement plan at work will be better prepared for retirement than those without a plan. However, according to Ghilarducci, only 40% of workers in the U.S. are covered by a retirement offered by their employer. This is a 4% decrease since 2014 and this number has declined in 14 of the 17 years since 2000.

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The myLAGERS Route to Retirement Planning

What is myLAGERS, and why do I need a myLAGERS account?

I recently spoke with a former colleague who told me she was not even 30 years old yet and she has absolutely no interest in talking about or thinking about retirement or planning for her financial future. She did know when she would be vested in her current pension, but she had no idea how a pension works and couldn't tell me anything about her specific employer's plan. "I'll worry about that in a few years." Bottom line, she sounded exactly like me when I was her age, and my current-age self would love to have a "welcome to reality" talk with my younger self. Unfortunately, I was not convincing enough to make my former colleague take action to support her financial future, but she is now, at least, THINKING about it.

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Built-in Flexibility Gives LAGERS' Employers Options

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Flexibility may not be a word you often hear associated with public pension plans. These plans are typically created by state or local policymakers, and changes to the plan structure are sometimes difficult and time-consuming. This is OK for many public pension plans because they cover workers with similar characteristics. It is common, for example, for all teachers covered by a pension plan to have the same retirement benefits regardless of the school district that employs them. All employees have the same benefits; the school districts and employees share in the cost of benefits; and all pay the same amount for those benefits.

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Covet vs. Begrudge

 

Let’s think about these two words for a moment…”covet” (to yearn to possess or have something) vs. “begrudge” (to envy or resent the good fortune of someone, to be unhappy or upset because someone has something you think they do not deserve).

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3 Reasons Why An Employer Should Provide a Pension 

IMG_2654.jpgA utility worker from Rolla Municipal Utilities (above) clears debris.

 

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.

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Retirement - Big Plans & Big Dreams

Recently we held our first Facebook giveaway. Did you see it? During National Retirement Security week (which also happened to be the week of our Annual Meeting) we held a T-shirt giveaway. We wanted to hear your retirement plans, and boy, did you have a lot to say! Here are some excerpts from the contest comments on what LAGERS members plan to do in retirement. There are some great ideas in here in case you're still trying to figure out what your retirement dream will be!

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The "Pension Crisis" is a Myth

Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America's public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the false pension crisis narrative and examine the facts.

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