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ETF Webinars and Other Learning Opportunities

No matter your retirement timeline – soon or not so soon – it’s important to fully understand your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits because smart decisions now will reap rewards later. Our resources will help you stay on track every step of the way.

Webinars – Live and Interactive
Webinars are conducted online by an ETF benefits specialist and focus on a single topic of interest. Participants are invited to ask questions and often benefit by listening to the discussion. Our webinars over the next several months will cover these important topics:

  • How trust fund investments affect your benefits and how effective rates are calculated
  • How to use our online calculator to request a retirement benefit estimate
  • How to enhance your benefit by making additional contributions
  • WRS annuity payment options
  • Choosing a retirement date
  • Five key steps to prepare for retirement
  • WRS employer and employee contribution rates

Webinars – Recorded
Many of our webinars and presentations have been recorded so you can access them on-demand, 24/7. See our Member Education web page for titles and links.

Group Retirement Appointments
Do you have your official WRS benefit estimate and want to talk to someone at ETF to more fully understand it? Consider attending one of our group retirement appointments. We design these sessions specifically for members who are within a year of retirement. An ETF benefits specialist provides an explanation of the estimate, WRS annuity options, the application process and answers questions. We just updated the summer and fall 2016 schedule – use our interactive map to find a group appointment scheduled in your area.

Public Presentations
ETF’s evening presentations, held in public buildings across the state, are designed for all WRS members, especially those who are within five years of retirement. Topics covered include WRS annuity options, return-to-work rules, post-retirement annuity adjustments, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, the importance of keeping a beneficiary form up to date, purchasing service before retirement, the difference between a joint survivor and a beneficiary, and how “life event” changes affect WRS retirement benefits. We will post the fall 2016 public presentation schedule soon. In the meantime, check our Member Education and Forms and Publications web pages for helpful resources.

How do I learn about ETF’s educational opportunities?

  • To find out about scheduled educational events, go to the Member Education web page.
  • Sign up for ETF E-mail Updates to receive immediate notification of upcoming educational events. Registration is free and fast – sign up with an email address.
  • Follow ETF on Twitter!

What participants are saying about ETF webinars:

“Your 30-minute webinars are a great, concise, quick way to learn...thank you!”
“The webinars all are inclusive on the details for WRS...this was a good presentation.”
“The information presented was very clear.  It was helpful to have the webinar cover a fairly narrowly defined topic so there was time to explain things.” 
“It was very clear. Answered a lot of questions I had. I left very well-informed.”
“Thank you for these webinars – the quality is great!"