Webinars

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.

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We also offer Nearing Retirement Seminars.


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

Which plan is right for you, Plan 2 or Plan 3? Your plan choice is permanent. We’ll cover the following for PERS, TRS and SERS members:

  • Plan comparison
  • Benefits of each plan
  • Contribution amounts

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DCP

The Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) makes saving for retirement easy. Find out about:

  • Flexible contributions
  • Tax benefits
  • Investment approaches
  • Account updates
  • Withdrawal options

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Plan 1

Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:

  • Your benefit amount
  • Retirement eligibility
  • How to increase your retirement income

PERS Plan 1

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TRS Plan 1

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WSPRS Plan 1

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Plan 2

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)

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Plan 2: LEOFF

Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF)

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Plan 2: WSPRS

Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS).

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Plan 2: PSERS

Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).

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Plan 3

Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:

  • Your benefit amount
  • Retirement and withdrawal eligibility
  • How to increase your retirement income

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Multiple plans

Are you a member of more than one DRS retirement pension plan? What about a city plan? We’ll cover:

  • What is dual membership?
  • Your benefit calculation
  • Multiple plan coordination

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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.

Early retirement

Are you a PERS, TRS or SERS member thinking about retiring early? We’ll explore your options and cover common questions customers ask when planning for early retirement.

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Purchasing an annuity or service credit

Are you interested in permanently increasing your monthly retirement income? Let’s look at purchasing an additional benefit.

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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.

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Getting ready for retirement

Find out the steps you can take to prepare and apply for DRS retirement.

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Applying for retirement

We’ll preview the steps you’ll take to request a formal estimate and apply for retirement online.

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DCP withdrawals

Explore distribution options for your Deferred Compensation Program account.

  • Payment options
  • Leaving money in DCP
  • Purchasing an annuity or service credit
  • Rollovers and more

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Plan 3 withdrawals

Explore distribution options for your Plan 3 investment account contributions.

  • Payment options
  • Leaving money in Plan 3
  • Rollover and annuity options

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Benefit options at retirement

When you apply for retirement, you’ll choose from four benefit payment options offered by your plan. This webinar will discuss your options as well as qualifying reasons to change your option after you retire.

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Nearing retirement seminar

Retiring in the next few years? DRS half-day retirement seminars are currently being offered online. See the schedule below or visit Seminars for more information.

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Also see DRS nearing retirement videos.

Financial wellness

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.

Online resources

Explore DRS retirement income tools and resources available at your fingertips! We’ll show you how to find the help you need at all career stages to prepare for a successful retirement.

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Estimate your benefit

Create and use benefit estimates throughout your career to help plan for retirement. We’ll show you how.

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Investment basics

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

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Identity theft and protection

Find out how to protect your information and avoid scams with this presentation from an outside expert at DFI. Content includes:

  • How to avoid becoming a fraud victim
  • Tricks scam artists use
  • What to do if someone steals your information

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Save early for retirement

  • Why it can be important to start saving more early
  • How to start or increase saving

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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.

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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.

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Late career

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

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Specialty topics

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.

Medicare basics

We’ll have an outside expert from SHIBA join us to discuss Medicare basics along with other available health care resources. See Social Security’s publication about Medicare. Also see this Health Care video by DRS.

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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.

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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?

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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

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Working after retirement

PERS, TRS and SERS members, thinking about working after retirement? Find out the potential impact to your Plan 2 or Plan 3 benefit if you return to work for an employer covered by one of the state retirement systems.

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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.

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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).

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