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Financial Fitness Program: Stay Strong, Finish Well!

The Financial Fitness Program finish line is fast approaching, so don’t let this opportunity pass you in the homestretch! ETF’s free Financial Fitness Program, available to all WRS members, offers exclusive education and planning tools.

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Board Nomination Deadlines Extended

Deadlines for filing nomination papers for separate Teachers Retirement Board elections among Wisconsin Retirement System active teachers have been extended. There are now four seats available in two separate races to place the following members on the board.

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SWIB Announces Executive Staff Hires

The Board of Trustees of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board appointed David Villa as executive director/chief investment officer. Trustees have also appointed Rochelle Klaskin, who has been serving as interim executive director, as deputy executive director/chief administrative officer.

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Contribution Rates to Decrease in 2019

Wisconsin Retirement System contribution rates will decrease slightly for all employees in 2019. How will this affect your paycheck? The table below shows how much you and your employer now pay into the system (expressed as a percentage of pay) and how that will change in 2019. Contribution rate changes, whether increases or decreases, are considered normal for retirement systems that pre-fund retirement benefits. The 2019 rate changes are primarily due to higher favorable WRS Trust Fund investment performance.

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Make Time for End-of-Year Considerations

If you’re considering making any of the following decisions related to your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits, please be aware of important deadlines associated with each of these processes.

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ETF Seeks Member Opinions via Annual Survey

If you receive a survey from ETF asking for your feedback on how to improve our services, please respond!

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A Look at WRS 2017 Financials

ETF has released the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds for the year ended December 31, 2017. This report provides comprehensive information about ETF, the Wisconsin Retirement System, and other benefit programs administered by ETF. The WRS paid over $5.2 billion in benefits in 2017. The WRS funding ratio calculated in accordance with accounting standards was 103% as of December 31, 2017. Sound funding and plan design principles continue to keep the WRS financially strong.

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Harvard Analysis Looks Favorably on WRS

A recent Harvard University report on a stress test analysis of the largest public pension plans in 10 states had many good things to say about the Wisconsin Retirement System. The report warns that some plans that are poorly funded could struggle with many problems, including high costs and possibly insolvency, while others that are well-funded are characterized by a combination of fiscal discipline and adherence to policies designed to mitigate market downturns.

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When the Weather Outside is Frightful...Book an Online Appointment

Unable to meet with one of our trust funds specialists in-person? Try an online retirement appointment – you get the same great personal service and attention to detail! All you need for an online appointment is a computer or laptop, internet connectivity, and a telephone. Together, you and the specialist review your retirement paperwork and address all your questions. Contact us to learn more!

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Upcoming Board Meetings

The next Group Insurance Board meeting is set for November 14. The ETF Board, Teachers Retirement Board, and Wisconsin Retirement Board will next meet on Thursday, December 13. Find the board meeting agendas here.

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