Retirement Outlook for Active Members

The Retirement Outlook newsletter provides valuable information on our programs, benefits and services. You can review the current or previous issues by choosing one of the links below.

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Current issue: Summer 2018

Featured article: Plan 3 and DCP online account site offers new tools and features

Also in this issue:

  • Pension-related legislation passed this year
  • Is your beneficiary designation up to date?
  • Webinars, summits, seminars, videos
  • Online retirement application makes process quick and convenient
  • DRS continues to provide high level of service at low cost
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Winter 2017-18

Featured article: Save more with DCP in 2018

Also in this issue:

  • Track savings, make updates through your online account
  • Webinars, summits and videos: make retirement planning more convenient than ever
  • Annual retirement statements for education employees are now available
  • How long does it take to retire?
  • Consider attending a retirement seminar in 2018
  • DRS financial report now available
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Summer 2017

Featured article: Customer feedback leads to online application improvements

Also in this issue:

  • Will my benefit be impacted if I return to work after retirement?
  • How DCP can help you reduce your taxes
  • Plan 3 and DCP customers: Three ways to convert your contributions into a lifetime income stream
  • Changes coming to member contribution rates
  • Pension bills signed into law
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Winter 2016-17

Featured article: Pension contribution rates approved for upcoming biennium

Also in this issue:

  • DCP offers new percentage option
  • Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to defer taxes
  • Missed work due to an authorized leave of absence? You may be able to “buy back” this time
  • Consider attending a retirement planning seminar in 2017
  • Annual statements for education employees are now available
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Summer 2016

Featured article: Will your retirement income be enough?

Also in this issue:

  • 2016 legislative update
  • Benefit summit this summer
  • Retirement planning seminars
  • Retiring online: quick, convenient
  • Email updates let you know what's going on
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Winter 2015-16

Featured article: Empower Retirement to become new Plan 3 record-keeper

Also in this issue:

  • DRS financial reports now available
  • Annual statements for education employees now available
  • Consider attending a retirement planning seminar in 2016
  • Do you DCP?
  • DRS updates: be among the first to know
  • Retire online
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Summer 2015

Featured article: Upgrading to serve you

Also in this issue:

  • New employees have 90 days to make a plan choice
  • Plan 3: Defined benefit and defined contribution
  • 2015 legislative update
  • Retirement planning seminars
  • What you need to know about pension advances
  • Online Retirement Application makes retirement process easy
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Winter 2014-15

Featured article: 2060 Retirement Strategy Fund

Also in this issue:

  • TRS Plan 3 contribution rate change window ending after 2015
  • DRS financial report now available
  • State Supreme Court issues retirement-related rulings
  • Seminar schedule for 2015
  • Keep information up-to-date
  • DRS selects Empower Retirement as record-keeper for Plan 3 and DCP customers
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Summer 2014

Featured article: Connect with DRS

Also in this issue:

  • Gain sharing, UCOLA case updates
  • TRS Plan 3 contribution rate change window ending after 2015
  • Retirement Planning Seminars
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Winter 2013-14

Featured article: Online retirement improvements

Also in this issue:

  • TRS Plan 3 contribution rate change window
  • Gain sharing update
  • Plan 3 Account Access update
  • Seminar schedule
  • Better choices for better health
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Summer 2013

Featured article: Retire online

Also in this issue:

  • Legislative update
  • Retirement planning seminars
  • Is my initial benefit final?
  • Administrative factors changing Oct. 1
  • Gain sharing appeal
  • New contribution rates
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Winter 2012-13

Featured article: All-in-one retirement account access

Also in this issue:

  • Education Annual Statements now available
  • TRS Plan 3 rate change opportunity
  • Retirement planning
  • January plan transfers
  • Homepage refresh
  • Same-sex marriage
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Summer 2012

Featured article: Online Retirement Application gets high marks

Also in this issue:

  • Lights, camera...
  • Keep your beneficiary designation up-to-date
  • 2012 Legislative session update
  • Seminar registration
  • Retired from the city of Seattle, Tacoma or Spokane? DRS needs to hear from you
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Winter 2011-12

Featured article: Stay Connected with email updates from DRS

Also in this issue:

  • Annual statements available for education employees
  • PEBB launches new cost-efficient way to receive communications
  • Fund Transition Complete
  • Do you want to decrease your federal income tax obligation? DCP
  • January brings opportunity for change
  • We want to know: What would it take to be a 100% satisfied customer of DRS?
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Spring 2011

Featured article: Baby boom generation approaches retirement

Also in this issue:

  • Legislative Update
  • New Contribution Rates are scheduled to take effect, for most members, in the coming months
  • Benefits for Qualified Domestic Partners
  • Annual retirement statements now available
  • Fund lineup analyzed
  • DRS Education and Outreach Team
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