November & December Webinars Set

The Department of Employee Trust Funds offers a full slate of “retirement prep” webinars through November and December. Six topics and 15 different sessions! Participants are encouraged to ask questions – it’s often the best way to learn! See below for complete webinar details, dates and registrations links.

Remaining November Webinars

5 Basic Steps to Retirement – Nov. 13, Nov. 18 (30 min.) Register now.

Choosing When to Retire – Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 26 (30 min.)  Register now.

Preparing for Your Retirement – Nov. 13 (90 min.)  Register now.

Variable Fund – Nov. 20, Nov. 25 (30 min.)  Register now.


December Webinars

Additional Contributions – Dec. 2, Dec. 12, Dec. 17  Register now.

Retirement Annuity Options – Dec. 4, Dec. 10, Dec. 19  Register now.

Choosing When to Retire – Dec. 5, Dec. 10, Dec. 17  Register now.


Webinar Descriptions

5 Basic Steps to Retirement

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here – how to submit the retirement application.

Additional Contributions

Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

Choosing When to Retire

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

Preparing for Your Retirement

Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 - 10 years. Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance, and more.

Retirement Annuity Options

Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

Variable Fund

In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.