DRS offers free live webinars to help you plan for financial independence (aka retirement).
See the titles below for recorded versions of these webinars, as well as more information.
Get to know the plans
Whether you are a new hire choosing a plan or you just want some basic information about the plan you’re in, there is a webinar for you. Also, find out more about the additional retirement savings plan, DCP. Are you a member of more than one retirement system? The multiple plan webinar can guide you through how your service credit and benefit calculations work when you are a dual member.
Choosing a plan
Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:
- Your benefit amount
- Retirement eligibility
- How to increase your retirement income
Plan 2: PERS, TRS, SERS
For Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS)
Plan 2: LEOFF
Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF)
Plan 2: WSPRS
Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS).
Plan 2: PSERS
Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
Withdrawals and retirement
Find out the steps you’ll take to retire and prepare for retirement with these webinars. Get a preview of the application process. If you are separated and want to know your withdrawal options prior to retirement, there is also information here for you. Also, find out more about purchasing an annuity or additional service credit to increase your benefit.
Purchasing an annuity or service credit
If I knew then what I know now
Best practices are a good thing not only during our working careers, but they are especially important for when we retire. This presentation shares some of the wisdom collected from those who have made that big step.
Getting ready for retirement
Applying for retirement
Plan 3 withdrawals
Benefit options at retirement
Nearing retirement seminar
Get planning for a secure and successful retirement with these free webinars. Find out what resources are available to help with your planning. Preview how to estimate your own retirement benefit. Protect your benefit by finding out how you can secure your retirement account. Get information about DCP and Plan 3 investments. See also DCP in get to know the plans.
Estimate your benefit
DCP and Plan 3 have investment accounts. Find out more about the essentials of investing. We’ll talk about:
- Setting savings goals
- Considering your time horizon
- Identifying your tolerance for risk
- Diversifying among asset classes
- Periodically updating investment strategies
Identity theft and protection
Save early for retirement
- Why it can be important to start saving more early
- How to start or increase saving
What should I do when retirement is years away?
Creating a secure retirement starts by laying a foundation of healthy money habits. This presentation addresses what you can do now to put you on track for a successful financial future.
Budget and debt management
It can be hard to save for retirement when you have competing savings goals, and debt to pay off. This presentation will help you to set a budget, manage your debt, and prioritize your savings to help you meet all of your savings goals, including retirement.
Many members of SERS and TRS have specific decisions to make as they plan for retirement. This webinar is designed for those in SERS and TRS who might be thinking about or planning their retirement in the very near future. We’ll Cover:
- Benefit Estimate Scenarios
- Tools and Resources for Overall Retirement Planning
- What if I’m a member of more than one DRS retirement plan
- What is the Best Month to Retire
Get the ins and outs of Social Security, Medicare and health care information. Find out more about disability retirement benefits. What happens to your benefit if you return to work after retiring?
When retirement is about 5 years away
Find out what you can do now while retirement is still a few years away. Topics include: Getting organized, retirement income, retirement expenses, creating a budget and emotional health when you retire.
See this recent news article for more information about the sessions.
Social Security basics
We’ll be joined by an outside expert from Social Security to discuss:
- Who receives Social Security benefits
- How age affects the payment
- How the payment is calculated
You’ll need your Benefit Statement from Social Security prior to this webinar.
Disability and death benefits
For PERS, TRS and SERS members, this webinar provides answers for some tough questions:
- What if I need to retire because of a disability?
- What if I die before I retire?
LEOFF 2 disability
Though disability is not a topic one likes to think about, it is important to know that as a LEOFF Plan 2 member should you become disabled, you might be entitled to a disability benefit. This webinar describes:
• Disability retirement benefits
• And how to apply for them
Working after retirement
Taking fear out of retirement
You’ve planned for, saved, and budgeted for retirement. As you move into the next chapter of your life what are some of the Nonfinancial decisions that you’ll need to make. In this presentation we’ll provide tips and thoughts around transitioning from work life to retired life. We’ll also explore ways to maintain all aspects related to your health in order to have a successful retirement.
To attend, you’ll need a computer with internet access and sound. We recommend you join the webinar 10-15 minutes early to test your connection. For assistance, see how to Join a DRS Webinar.
People with disabilities who need assistance, or those who require an alternate format, contact Tina Greene at 360-664-7005 (TTY 711).