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  • Spouse Consent: Answering the Important Questions

    If you are in the process of retiring from OPERS, or have simply come in contact with our retirement application, you may have come away with a few new questions about retirement. At OPERS, we are often asked questions about what spouse consent is, when it is necessary, and why it is required. In this article, we attempt to shed some light on the curious issue of spouse consent.

  • The Five W's of Emergency Savings

    Regardless of your stage in life, one of the fundamental building blocks of a solid financial plan is emergency savings.According to a 2014 Bankrate survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, 60 percent of Americans could not afford to pay for most unexpected expenses. Without an emergency fund, you may be just one unforeseen accident or event away from a serious financial setback.The following are the five W’s for building emergency savings.WHO needs an emergency fund?

  • "Step-Up" Your OPERS Benefits

    The 2.5% Step-Up Program allows members to increase their retirement benefits by paying an additional member contribution each pay period. Currently, that additional contribution is 2.91% of your compensation and is subject to change.The additional Step-Up contributions are used to increase the computation factor when benefits are calculated. The standard retirement benefit calculation for most OPERS members uses a benefit computation factor of 2%. (more)

  • Identifying and Managing Stress in Your Life

    Retirement is a life-altering process for most of us, just like moving, losing a job, or death of a family member. All of these changes can cause stress and negatively impact our daily life.

    Retirement can also be a stressful time for those not retiring. Having a spouse around the house full time can be a significant adjustment. Having a valuable coworker retire will likely increase the workload of those still working and cause those left behind to pick up the slack. (more)

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