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Legislative Updates

The 53rd Legislature—Second Regular Session adjourned sine die at 12:26 a.m. on May 4, 2018.  The Legislature passed two bills that have a relatively minor impact on members and retirees.  Below is a brief summary.  You can also find more detailed information about these bills and other retirement-related on the ASRS Bill tracker.

Now What? A little bit of direction for those dealing with the passing of a loved one.

Dealing with grief when a loved one dies is hard enough, but often you find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The uncertainty about what to do next can be overwhelming. The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.

Yes, You Can Take It With You!

Did you know that your retirement pension is totally portable? The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) has over 700 employers representing all levels of education, counties and State service. 

The Financial Status of the ASRS

The Arizona State Retirement System is marking its 65th Anniversary this year. It continues to be a privilege to provide a solid piece of retirement security to Arizona’s valued public servants.

Is Your Email Address Current? Who's Your Beneficiary?

It’s easy to overlook- You set up your secure ASRS account when you first become a member, you enter all your contact information, and then it’s all on autopilot until you retire, right??

Is Personal Savings part of your Retirement Strategy? (Hint: it should be!)

One of the most comforting features of an ASRS pension is knowing it’s a life-long benefit. Having a steady income stream, regardless of the current (or future) economic climate or ups and downs of the markets can provide peace-of-mind for retirees.

“Should I Refund My ASRS Account?”

Obviously this is a complex question. The short answer is that your financial situation is unique to you, and you should proceed however is best for your situation. But how do you know “what’s best for me?” Let’s look at some basic information that may help point you in the right direction.

Retiring Teacher? #RedForEd May Impact Your Retirement Date

Avoid delays in processing your retirement!

Planning Ahead

It’s Retirement Season: Make Sure You’re Ready

A comment we’ve frequently heard from our members when they are ready to begin the retirement process is that they wish they’d known more and started preparing sooner. Don’t let that be you! Whether it’s three years down the road, or six months, there are steps to take right now to make sure you’re ready for your retirement.

Three Years Before Retirement

Employer Matching, Lifetime Benefit... Do You Know Your Pension?

Think a 401(k) Might Be Better? Guess Again!

Every two weeks you see that 11.5% coming out of your paycheck, earmarked for a pension or long term disability that you don’t anticipate needing for a long time to come. Sometimes you may wonder if you would be better off with a different type of retirement plan, like a 401(k). Well, here are some facts that might make you feel better about your ASRS pension:

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