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National Retirement Security Month

CalSTRS is taking part in a national event to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for your retirement. Attend these webinars designed for your career stage and learn why it’s important to have both a defined benefit and a defined contribution plan.

Webinars will be hosted throughout the month of October.

Weeks 1 and 2: New Educator/Early Career, October 3 – October 14 

Onboarding + My Retirement System

Looking for a quick and easy way to learn about CalSTRS and how we play a large part in your retirement? This webinar provides an overview of the CalSTRS hybrid retirement system, contributions, creditable service and other CalSTRS resources based on your career stage.

Monday, October 3, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Start Saving Now with Pension2

Saving for retirement may seem far from your mind right now, but supplemental savings are essential to ensuring you have enough money to retire comfortably. Due to compound interest, saving earlier in your career is far more valuable than saving later. The CalSTRS Pension2® program works in tandem with your Defined Benefit Program and Defined Benefit Supplement accounts. Join this online workshop to see why saving now with Pension2 is important.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Early Career: Learn and Discover

Now that you’ve begun your career as a California educator, it’s a good time to start learning about, and saving for, retirement. As a CalSTRS member, you have access to valuable tools and resources, including this webinar, designed specifically for early career educators.

Join us to learn about:

  • Your retirement benefits, including survivor and disability benefits.
  • Why it’s important to check your Retirement Progress Report each year.
  • Eligible service and how to purchase service credit.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

My Retirement System

This online workshop provides an overview of the CalSTRS hybrid retirement system, your survivor and disability benefits, how your benefit will be calculated, ways you can increase your benefit and other CalSTRS resources available to you. Learn more about this first step in your life journey with CalSTRS.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Save for Your Future

A spending plan gives you control of your money, keeps you focused on your financial goals, and helps you organize your expenses, debt and savings. Spend an hour and a half learning the strategies financial planners use to get their clients on the right financial path.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to create a spending plan, understand your credit report, build and keep good credit, and manage your debt. You’ll also get worksheets, strategies for creating a spending plan, and more.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Week 3: Midcareer, October 17 – October 21 

Midcareer Educator: Learn and Discover

The middle of your career is the perfect time to start planning for retirement. Join us in this webinar to explore the CalSTRS website and all the tools available to you. You’ll learn how to read and understand your annual Retirement Progress Report and why it’s important to verify the information on it each year. You’ll also learn how to calculate your own retirement benefit estimates.

Be sure to sign in or register for your myCalSTRS account prior to the webinar and make sure your account information is accurate. You’ll be using myCalSTRS during the webinar.

Monday, October 17, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

My Retirement Benefits

This interactive online workshop provides more in-depth information about your benefits, earned and purchased service credit, and the gap between your CalSTRS benefit and your retirement income goal, plus ways to bridge it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Plan for Your Future

It's not too early to start planning for your future. Have you thought about how you'll be spending your days in retirement? Picturing specifics will help you prepare the best plan to accomplish your goals.

In this webinar, you'll learn how to create an action plan for your retirement picture; how to identify your expenses in retirement and how they'll likely change over time; about Medicare basics and Social Security offsets; and strategies for managing your current and future expenses.

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Am I Saving Enough?

Once you retire from CalSTRS, you’ll receive a monthly pension. Yet saving additional money for retirement is an essential part of reaching your retirement savings goal. Learn how to find a balance between your guaranteed income from CalSTRS and saving enough on your own to retire comfortably.

Designed for midcareer educators, this webinar will provide you with a few scenarios to help you understand how long you may need to work and how much money you may need to save to achieve the retirement you desire.

Friday, October 21, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Week 4: Near Retirement, October 24 – October 28 

Near Retirement: Learn and Discover

Retirement will be here soon. Are you prepared? As a CalSTRS member, you have access to valuable tools, resources and services assisting you throughout the planning and decision process. Register today and learn how to:

  • Use the online tools found throughout and in your myCalSTRS account
  • Understand and make use of your Retirement Progress Report
  • Provide money for a loved one after your passing
  • Estimate your future retirement benefit using our online calculator

Monday, October 24, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Protect Your Future

Many retirees underestimate their retirement income and expenses. Being realistic, planning ahead and learning ways to mitigate common obstacles, including inflation, scams and rising health care costs, can help you make sure your money lasts throughout your retirement.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to identify your income sources, ways to reduce the risks of underestimating your expenses and strategies for withdrawing your invested dollars. You’ll also get a step-by-step guide to choosing a financial professional.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Retire Now or Later

Are you trying to decide when to retire? Have you been offered a retirement incentive? If you want to better understand your retirement options and calculate your own retirement estimates, this webinar is for you. With the guidance of a CalSTRS benefit specialist, you’ll learn how to:

  • Access CalSTRS’ online resources. 
  • Log in to your myCalSTRS account and access your Retirement Progress Report.
  • Use the CalSTRS Retirement Benefits Calculator to generate retirement estimates. 
  • Determine if you can retire now or later.

You’ll be using myCalSTRS during this webinar, so be sure you’re registered and that your account information is up to date.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Spring into Retirement with Pension2

Have you heard the terms “403(b),” “TSA” or “retirement savings” and wondered what they mean or how they could potentially benefit you? This webinar explains how the CalSTRS Pension2® program can help you throughout your retirement. This voluntary component of the CalSTRS hybrid retirement system may seem optional, but for almost all employees, it’s crucial for ensuring a comfortable retirement–particularly for CalSTRS members hired after January 1, 2013.

You’ll also learn what roll over options you have for your Defined Benefit Supplement account and other qualified plans you may have, plus how to access your Pension2 funds when you’re ready to begin receiving distributions from your account.

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

My Retirement Decisions

This hands-on online workshop is designed for CalSTRS members who are close to retirement and looking for information to make informed decisions. You’ll learn how to calculate your retirement benefit and how to choose your retirement date. You’ll also find out about beneficiary options, service retirement forms, your Defined Benefit Supplement account and working after retirement parameters. Prepare for the retirement you want by getting the information you need.

Friday, October 28, 2022, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.