Latest ASRS Updates

  • Step 2 in Your ASRS Education!

    March 4, 2021

    A look at the second eLearning in our educational series for current, active ASRS members: what it covers, who it's for, and when you should take it.

  • What Happens to Your Account if You Pass Away?

    March 4, 2021

    A look at Survivor Benefits: What they are, how they function, and how you can prepare should the unfortunate happen. 

  • Budgeting For Retirement: Potential Health Insurance Costs

    February 9, 2021

    One common budgeting oversight we see from members planning their retirement is comparing their estimated future pension amount against their current monthly bills to see if they can afford to retire. The oversight? Focusing on what their bills currently are, not what their bills will be. This is especially true when it comes to health insurance costs – and even more so if you won't be 65 and Medicare-eligible when you retire.

  • Learning About Your Benefits: Route 1

    February 9, 2021

    Bicycle imageAs an ASRS member, there sure is a lot for you to know about your benefits and account. The ASRS Member Education team has created a “Road to Retirement” series to help you through each milestone of planning your future as you navigate your career. The series provides you all you need to know in a fun, straightforward manner!

  • A Good Time to Start Saving

    January 15, 2021

    For many, a new year often brings new goals and resolutions. Is one of your resolutions for 2021 to start saving money? While one of the most comforting features of a future ASRS pension is knowing you’ll have a steady, guaranteed income stream, your ASRS retirement benefit, by design, is not intended to replace your entire working income. Instead, it is designed to be one piece of the pie that makes up your retirement plan. The other pieces of that pie? Social Security and personal savings. Here are some tips to make getting started on a personal savings plan a tiny bit easier: 

  • Holiday Greetings from the ASRS

    December 18, 2020

    Photo of ASRS Director Paul Matson 2019

    I find that this time of year provides an opportunity for reflection, and to ponder what may lay ahead. It seems particularly fitting this year as it was so filled with unique and often very difficult challenges for all – personally and professionally.

    And so I wanted to take a moment to offer my sincerest wishes to each of you for a safe, joyful and healthy holiday season and New Year.

    It is with extreme pride that I look back on the unique challenges our staff faced and overcame in having to quickly adapt to the pandemic while ensuring all our core services were delivered to members uninterrupted. I have reported in previous communications that from the onset, the ASRS consistently delivered in all key areas: benefit payments were made on time every time; applications and other administrative services were processed uninterrupted; service levels for answering calls and emails were at or above pre-pandemic levels, virtual meetings with our members were enabled, new educational opportunities for our members were created and presented in safe online and virtual platforms, and our investment program continued uninterrupted while offering ample liquidity.

    In addition, our valued members – retired, active, and inactive – worked with us for the good of our community and State – some helping us to review all of our health insurance and dental programs – and others to offer perspective on how to best disseminate important information.

    I’m sure we can all look back on 2020 with new perspective as we anticipate the coming new year.

    Our staff and I look forward to a time when we can invite you back into our offices for meetings, to answer your questions in person, to come and present at meetings with our employer partners and retirement associations, and to interact as we all could before our world changed.

    In the meantime, please be assured that we are here, working to meet our obligations to all our members and employer partners. Your benefits continue to be well managed, safely and securely.

    With best wishes from all of us at the Arizona State Retirement System for a safe and happy holiday season to you - our members and your families,

    Paul Matson

    ASRS Executive Director

    Keywords: Director's Message, Paul Matson, Holiday, New Year, ASRS, Members, Staff

  • Tips For Maintaining Work-Life Balance

    December 14, 2020

    For many, maintaining a proper work-life balance can be a struggle, even in the best of times. It’s understandable if this year it has felt impossible. But the reality is it’s never been more critical.

  • New Trustees appointed to ASRS Board

    December 4, 2020

    Governor Doug Ducey has appointed two new members to the Arizona State Retirement System Board of Trustees, and has re-appointed two currently-serving Trustees.

    New appointments to the nine-member board are Diane Landis, representing the public and Ashley Ruiz, representing state employees.

    Ms. Landis has a background in investments and financial planning, including holding positions in the White House under President George H. W. Bush.

    Ms. Ruiz is the Arizona State Comptroller and has extensive experience in budget development, analysis and oversight. She is responsible for developing the State of Arizona's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

    Reappointed to the Board are Kevin McCarthy and Michael Lofton, each representing the public.

    Please see: Governor’s Press Release

  • Understanding Your myASRS Account

    November 20, 2020

    Brian with glassesHow familiar are you with your myASRS account? It’s the gateway to the information highway between you and the ASRS. Your myASRS account is the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to update your personal information, plus a host of other additional functionality specific to you:

  • Welcome To Your Futures

    October 22, 2020

    Retirement may seem a long way away but, from our experience, it tends to sneak up on people. And, when you’re making decisions at the end of your career that will impact the monthly benefit you’ll be receiving for the rest of your life, you want to make sure those decisions are well-informed.

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