Time to Buy! Buy! Buy! (Service Credit)

Many pension plans allow members to purchase service credit. This may be counterintuitive for some folks, but many plans allow you to "buy" years where you didn't work under the pension system and then treat those years as if you had. This typically both increases your ultimate pension benefit and often can allow you to … Continue reading Time to Buy! Buy! Buy! (Service Credit)

PERAPlus 401k/457/DC: New Recordkeeper, Same Fees (almost)

On December 3, 2021, the recordkeeper for PERA's 401k, 457 and DC plans will change from Voya to Empower. This is a result of a request for proposals and PERA staff and the Board looking at the submissions. Your investing choices will remain the same, you'll simply login to Empower's website which should hopefully provide … Continue reading PERAPlus 401k/457/DC: New Recordkeeper, Same Fees (almost)

Colorado PERA Retirement Options 1, 2 and 3

Most Colorado educators are generally aware of the formula that calculates their PERA pension benefit: Years of Service Credit x 2.5% x Highest Average Salary (HAS) They also are generally aware of which HAS Table they use so they know when they qualify for a "full" retirement (non-green-shaded areas of your HAS Table). If you … Continue reading Colorado PERA Retirement Options 1, 2 and 3

PERA Votes to Switch from Voya to Empower

The PERA Board voted, pending final contract negotiations, to switch record keepers for the Defined Contribution plans (which includes the 401k/457b plans) from Voya to Empower. Voya came in second place in the RFP process, and it would've been "fine" to continue with them, but staff, the consultant, and the Board all thought Empower would … Continue reading PERA Votes to Switch from Voya to Empower