Secure your future

Secure your future | April 17, 2014 >>

No one ever expects to have a disabling accident or illness, and we hope this never happens to any of us. But in case it does, TRS offers some significant financial protections.

Secure your future | March 27, 2014 >>

The Teachers’ Retirement System is in possession of many uncashed checks that have been issued since 2000.

Secure your future | March 27, 2014 >>

There are an awful lot of members putting their loved ones in jeopardy of long delays and legal expenses when their needs are greatest. Are you one of them?

Secure your future | March 6, 2014 >>

Investment results for 2013 were mixed. Returns for U.S stocks were excellent, international returns were not as high and bond returns were dismal. Includes a tribute to Joe Shannon, a former Teachers' Retirement Board member who passed away in January 2014.

Secure your future | February 6, 2014 >>

Tips for financial security inlcude using your TRS annual benefits statement for retirement planning, making sure you have enough insurance and taking advantage of free credit reports to check for errors or identity theft.

Secure your future | January 16, 2014 >>

Many members of the Teachers' Retirement System are unaware of their benefits. This column focuses on explaining the death benefit available tot he vast majority of members.

Secure your future | December 19, 2013 >>

Polls show that the 1935 Social Security Act is one of the most beloved and popular laws ever enacted in our country.But a proposed change to the cost-of-living adjustment could erode Social Security benefits.

Secure your future | November 14, 2013 >>

The country's senior population has for decades had one of the lowest poverty rates. But poverty among seniors is now rising slightly due to the combination of longer life expectancy and the decline of traditional pensions.

Secure your future | October 17, 2013 >>

Next week is National Save for Retirement Week. What better time to review the wonderful supplementary retirement savings plan available to members of the Teachers’ Retirement System? This is the Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) program, which since it began in February 1970 has become one of the most valuable and popular benefits that the UFT has achieved for its members.

Secure your future | September 26, 2013 >>

The UFT has made sure that its members enjoy a high level of retirement securtiy through coverage by the four pillars of retirement security.

Secure your future | September 5, 2013 >>

This is going to be an exciting school year, starting with the primary elections on Sept. 10 for mayor, comptroller and other city offices. In our city, the mayor and comptroller play important roles in protecting the retirement security of UFT members.

Secure your future | June 27, 2013 >>

Summer is a great time for retirement planning.

Secure your future | June 13, 2013 >>

Social Security is once again under attack by conservatives who are fanning false fears of the program going broke as an excuse for cutting benefits. It is important to counter their rhetoric with facts, including about the far-reaching impact of this vital program to our state as well as the nation.

Secure your future | May 30, 2013 >>

Most Teachers’ Retirement System members prefer to come in person to hand in their retirement applications and attachments. Of the 1,198 retirement applications received this school year by the retirement system, only 22 were mailed in. Most Teachers’ Retirement System members prefer to come in person to hand in their retirement applications and attachments. Of the 1,198 retirement applications received this school year by the retirement system, only 22 were mailed in. Bringing the application in person allows members to get a receipt and have their applications reviewed for completeness.

Secure your future | May 16, 2013 >>

A small percentage of our retirement funds are invested in creating affordable housing and jobs in New York City neighborhoods. Called economically-targeted investments, these initiatives earn us market-rate returns. We do well by doing good.

Secure your future | May 2, 2013 >>

A widower applied for a Teachers’ Retirement System death benefit after his wife passed away. When the retirement system checked the beneficiary designation it had on file, it discovered that before the couple had married, the wife had named her sister as beneficiary.

Secure your future | April 11, 2013 >>

Where to spend our golden years? 
Most TRS retirees stay in the NYC area, but some retire as far away as Fiji and Russia.

Secure your future | March 21, 2013 >>

In our last column, we explained the many important issues and decisions discussed at a UFT member’s final pension consultation prior to retirement. Now we want to zero in on one of the choices you will have to make.

Secure your future | February 28, 2013 >>

If you are nearing retirement, remember to have a final pension consultation at the UFT before you retire.

Secure your future | February 14, 2013 >>

The year 2012 was a strong one for investments both domestically and worldwide. In keeping with that, the various investment programs of the Teachers’ Retirement System performed very well in 2012. 

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