Some Nuances of the WEP and GPO

I wrote previously about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and how unlike many of my colleagues I actually think the intent is good, although the formula used to compute them is a very blunt instrument and could be improved. (We have each individual's earnings data, and we have, you … Continue reading Some Nuances of the WEP and GPO

Are Target Date Funds The Best Choice for Educators?

One of the most helpful innovations in both investing and retirement planning has been the Target Date Fund. If you're not a familiar, a Target Date Fund is one investment that allows you to pick the date at which you anticipate needing your money (typically when you expect to retire), and the fund is setup … Continue reading Are Target Date Funds The Best Choice for Educators?

Are the WEP and GPO “Fair”?

Like many teachers, the first time I heard about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), my first response was, “That’s not fair!” Why should my Social Security benefit (by WEP) or Social Security Survivor’s Benefit (by GPO) be reduced simply because I worked as a public employee and earned a pension … Continue reading Are the WEP and GPO “Fair”?