Goodness gracious, we’ve bid farewell to yet another year. I can’t believe I’ve become one of those, but time truly does go by so fast. This summer marked my 25th year serving LAGERS and our members. Wow. Seems like just yesterday I was learning the ropes myself and so eager to start my career. I burned up the roadways traveling the state to meet members, employers and others. Flip a switch and here we are 25 years later – and I think I love what we do more than ever.
Whether it’s your first day on the job, or you’re a seasoned local government pro, you may feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to understanding your LAGERS benefit. While there a many facets to how your benefit works, here are five simple themes every LAGERS member should know.
1. Your Hard Work Pays Off
LAGERS benefit calculation is pretty simple: work longer, earn more income in retirement. That’s easy enough, but because you accrue service, and not an account balance, it can sometimes be difficult to visualize the true value of your LAGERS benefit. LAGERS offers many different tools to help you estimate your future benefit, but know that each month you work, your future financial security grows - and that future monthly income will add up over a lifetime!
LAGERS’ Investment Team describes the portfolio allocation process as being similar to building a house. We want to build a house that will withstand all types of weather, one that will protect our loved ones against anything that the current or future environment could throw our way. We seek to accomplish this same goal in portfolio construction, using diversification of assets, liquidity, and careful monitoring of exposures to ensure we’re not dependent on any one market environment to succeed. The last six months of 2018 saw the “weather” in the global market change drastically from the last nine years since the crisis. Due to the portfolio adjustments of the last few years, resulting in the current allocation, the house was only minimally impacted by this current storm.
I cannot believe it is the end of November already. Where has this year gone? We are just about to bid farewell to 2018 and turn the page on another very successful year for your LAGERS retirement system.