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Your Retirement

If you're looking for information on the recent PERS legislation and lawsuit, please go here.

Whatever your age and career stage, it’s time to start planning for your retirement. Whether you’re new to the education profession, or approaching your retirement date, the resources here are designed to help.

It's Never Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement

Many people have the mistaken impression that unless they start a retirement savings early in their career, they've missed any opportunity to accumulate a meaningful nest egg. The fact is it's never too late to start saving for retirement. Here are three important points to consider as you examine your retirement plan:

1. Take advantage of tax savings.
Contributions to a retirement savings program are made on a pre-tax basis, and earnings accumulate tax-deferred. This is a tremendous advantage regardless of when you start. By funding your account with pre-tax dollars you are able to reduce your taxable income by the amount of your contribution. Additionally, by having your savings grow in a tax-deferred account, you delay paying taxes on your earnings until you withdrawal your money at retirement. Every dollar you earn stays in your account to keep working for you.

2. Maximize contributions.
If you're getting a late start it's a good idea to maximize your contributions. Depending on your income, there are set maximum contribution limits for various retirement vehicles. You may also be able to take advantage of catch-up provisions that allow investors over age 50 to increase their contributions over the standard maximums.

3. Seek advice.
It's always a good idea to get advice from a professional retirement specialist. An NEA Valuebuilder® financial counselor will be happy to answer your questions and assist you with starting a retirement program or updating a current one. Call toll-free, 1-800-NEA-VALU, or visit the web at www.neamb.com to set up an appointment today.

Retirement Needs Calculator

The U.S. Department of Labor website provides a tool for calculating retirement needs, as well as retirement savings toolkits and resources on its website

Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Information

OEA maintains the following online resources to help keep you informed about reforms to the PERS system and impacts on OEA members.