Back By Popular Demand                                             From Our Members: I Sent My Retirement Application, Now What?

A member recently emailed the following: "I downloaded the Application for Retirement. I will fill it out and send it in, but is there anything else I need to do at this time?"

Luckily, the process for retirement at LAGERS is simple. The member is right in that the first step is to submit the Application for Retirement 30 -90 days prior to when you want to receive your first benefit payment. You can apply online through your myLAGERS account or submit a paper application via mail, email or fax.

Tagged Retirement, Retire, apply for retirement, Retirement Application, retirement planning, Retirement Options, Payout Options, myLAGERS

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.

Tagged Retirement, Retire, Public service, Retirement plans, Value of pensions, three legged stool, secure retirement, congress

Why We Millennials Should Care About Our Pensions

 

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.

Tagged Millennials, Retirement, Retire, pensions

There Are Two Paths To Retirement, Find Out Which One You Will Take.

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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.

Tagged Retirement, Retire, secure retirement, Re-employment, Planning, Millennials, Finances

Help Your Future You: Set a Budget & Stick To It

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.

Tagged Retirement, Retire, Financial security, Budget

Why the City of Webster Groves Switched from a Defined Contribution Plan to a Defined Benefit Plan

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.

Tagged Missouri, Value of pensions, Local Government, cities, Retirement, Retire, value of local government, Retirement Security, Defined Contribution

LAGERS' Latest Performance Update

Recently I asked Brian Collett, our CIO, to give me an update on our most recent investment numbers. He shared lots of information with me on our most recent numbers, but also talked about our Asset study that we just completed, and how that shapes our investment strategy.

Tagged Sound Funding, Brian Collett, equities, stock market, inflation, Retirement, Retire, Quarterly Update, Pension Health, LAGERS performance, Investments; Return; LAGERS Portfolio, Investments, Investment Return, Contribution Rates, Asset Study

From Our Members: I Sent My Retirement Application, Now What?

A member recently emailed the following: "I downloaded the Application for Retirement. I will fill it out and send it in, but is there anything else I need to do at this time?"

Luckily, the process for retirement at LAGERS is simple. The member is right in that the first step is to download, complete, and return the Application for Retirement 30 -90 days prior to when you want to receive your first benefit payment. However, you should be aware you can apply online through your myLAGERS account. You do not have to use a paper form or standard mail.

Tagged Retirement, Retire, apply for retirement, Retirement Application, retirement planning, Retirement Options, Payout Options, myLAGERS

Did you know LAGERS will come to you?

Our guest blogger Katie Hunze from Jefferson County explains what is involved in a LAGERS on-site Pre-Retirement Seminar and how they can help employees understand their benefit.

Jefferson County hosted its first Pre-Retirement Seminar in April; open to all our employees. We were pleased to have 95 employees for our first attempt. Our vision is to ensure that whether retirement is five years or twenty-five years away, all employees should have a solid understanding of what they’re working towards every single day. We appreciate and value all of our public servants and want them to be able to enjoy the retirement that they have worked so hard for! Retirement benefits are covered during our new hire orientation but that can be somewhat overwhelming and this seminar allowed us to focus on the specific topic of retirement.

Tagged Local Government, Retirement, Retire, secure retirement, Retirement Security, Retirement Benefits, Pre-Retirement Seminars

5 Most Common Questions About Your Benefit - Our First Facebook LIVE

On May 23 LAGERS held our first Facebook LIVE event. Assistant Director Jeff Kempker answered the 5 most common questions we get from members on their LAGERS benefit, then answered your questions live. We had a great discussion about pensions and how they contribute to a secure retirement for many and how LAGERS is leading that effort.

Tagged Facebook, rule of 80, Retirement, Retire, Retirement Options, Retirement Benefits, Retirement, purchasing service, myLAGERS, LAGERS, eligibility, contributory

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