LAGERS Funding Level Update

I recently sat down with Bob Wilson, LAGERS Director, to hear about our new funding level and how it matters to our employers and our members.

Tagged Investment Return, Funding, Investments; Return; LAGERS Portfolio, Retirement Security, secure retirement, LAGERS performance, Financial security, stock market, Sound Funding

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

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).

Tagged pensions, Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Pension Health, Financial security, Retirement plans, Retirement, Retire

Closing a Pension Plan Does Not Eliminate Liabilities

 

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.

Tagged pension reform, pensions, reform, Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Pension Health

LAGERS Member Rosalie Spencer on 50 Years with Rolla Municipal Utilities - "It's Been an Honor to Serve Rolla."

My colleague Penny and I recently spent some time in Rolla to honor one of our long-standing members, Rolla Municipal Utilities employee Rosalie Spencer, who was celebrating 50 years with the organization with a lunch reception. Around 70 of Rosalie's friends, family and coworkers present and past were on hand to celebrate her accomplishment. "When I started here, I told them if they hired me I wanted to stay until I retire. And I am." Rosalie plans to retire at the end of April of this year, and because she has stayed for 50 years should be able to replace a sizable amount of her salary with her LAGERS benefit.

Tagged LAGERS, pensions, retiree, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Retirement Security, Secure, secure retirement, Security, Financial security, Retirement, Retire

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.

Tagged Retirement Security, Upgrade, Value of pensions, Financial security, Taxpayers, Retirement plans, Public service, Strategy

GOT ETHICS?

“I think ethics is the most exciting topic in the world to talk about,” said no one ever.


 

I know people who actually cringe when they discover a seminar or conference they will be attending has a session on ethics. Some professions require training in ethics—for example, those of us with a CPA license must obtain a whopping two hours of ethics training per year. (Thank you Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc…)

Tagged compliance, Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, Getting it Right, Members, pensions, Retirement, retirement planning, Retirement Security, Secure, secure retirement, Security, Strategy, Goals, ethics

When Can I Retire?

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:

Tagged firefighter, police, Retirement, retirement age, Retirement Options, retirement planning, Retirement Security, secure retirement, Financial security, rule of 80, early retirement, public safety

GAO: Congress Should Examine U.S. Retirement System

A recent report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that retirement security for Americans is on shaky ground and recommends Congress do something about it.

Tagged 401(k), congress, pensions, Retirement Security, Savings

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!

Tagged LAGERS, Retirement Security, Retirement plans, Public service

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