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National Retirement Security Week - October 15-21, 2017

National Retirement Security Week is an annual campaign that raises awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, educates workers on how saving for retirement is key to financial health and security, and provides information on retirement savings options. If you're not saving for retirement, now is a great time to learn more and get started.

Protecting a legacy

With $2.4 billion in member assets, the Guaranteed Investment is kind of a big deal. Just as Member Benefits monitors our mutual fund investments to make sure they continue to meet our standards, we also monitor the Guaranteed Investment and evaluate PRIAC in their role as manager of the account to ensure the best interests of our participants are being served.

Comparison of Specialty Funds

Specialty funds invest primarily in the securities of a particular industry, sector, type of security or geographic region.

Comparison of Small-Cap Stock Funds

Small-cap stock funds invest in companies with a market capitalization typically of more than $300 and less than $2 billion.

Comparison of International Stock Funds

International stock funds invest in stocks and bonds of companies outside of the U.S.

Comparison of Mid-Cap Stock Funds

Mid-cap stock funds invest in companies with a market capitalization typically of more than $2 billion and less than $10 billion.

Comparison of Large-Cap Stock Funds

Large-cap stock funds invest in companies with a market capitalization typically of greater than $10 billion.

Comparison of Lifecycle Funds

Lifecycle funds are highly diversified mutual funds designed to remain appropriate for investors in terms of risk throughout a variety of life circumstances.

Interested in non-retirement investment accounts?

We are considering expanding our program lineup to include non-retirement investment accounts, such as individual and jointly held retail accounts. However, before moving forward, we need to gauge the level of need of our members.

Investment spotlight: Mutual Funds 101

Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need to do in life. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and commit to it.

Mutual Funds 101: One-decision investing, two options

Learn more about Model Portfolios and Target Retirement Funds (continued from Investment Spotlight: Mutual Funds 101).

Mutual Funds 101: What's next?

Apply what you’ve learned from "Investment Spotlight: Mutual Funds 101" to start investing in your future or evaluate your current investments.

Investment fund comparisons

Creating a diversified investment portfolio (that includes stocks) may boost your long-term returns and pad your nest egg. Evaluate the mutual funds available in our 403(b) and IRA programs by comparing funds in each fund category.

Fees matter

A 403(b) is a great way for public school employees to set aside money for retirement. However, fees charged by some plans can take a big bite out of your earnings. While a few extra percentage points in fees may seem insignificant, the effect on your account can be dramatic.

Retirement account comparison

Unsure which retirement account is best for you? Call us at 1-800-279-4030.

Smart Money Move #2: Pay less, get more

The impact of fees over time on your IRA or 403(b) account can significantly reduce your nest egg, and not all providers charge the same fees. Learn more about some of the fees to watch for so you can keep more of your money working for you.

Choosing your investments

If you desire to play an active role in monitoring and managing your investments, our lineup of no-load mutual funds and Prudential Guaranteed Investment provides the flexibility you need to manage risk and build a diversified portfolio.

Investment choices

Carefully chosen no-load mutual funds and the Prudential Guaranteed Investment provide you with the flexibility you need to manage risk and build a diversified portfolio. And you can choose how involved you want to be in managing your investments.

What's your investment style?

The decision to save for retirement is an easy one when you consider the potential future benefits, but how to invest is often the source of uncertainty and frustration for investors new and old. At its most basic, how you decide to invest should be based on what kind of investor you are—your style—so you can make choices that are right for you.  

So, what kind of investor are you? We have some guidance to help you answer that question.

Member Benefits’ investment options quick reference

In our August 3, 2015 article, “What’s your investment style?” we illustrated that how you decide to invest should be based on what kind of investor you are. Once you know your investor style and understand your risk tolerance, you can make more informed choices about your specific investments. Details are in the article, but read on for a quick summary of our investment options.

Exciting mutual fund changes

On April 20, 2016, we replaced all of our Target Retirement Funds from investor shares to institutional shares and our T. Rowe Price Small Cap Value with the Prudential QMA Small Cap Value Z. Why the change? The bottom line: It will save you, our members, money.

Resources for National Retirement Security Week

As we wrap up National Retirement Security week, we want to remind you that Member Benefits has many tools and resources to help you learn more about retirement saving. Use our handy list, and remember you can always call us with your questions.

Target Retirement Funds

One-decision investing If you desire a simple, one-decision investment designed to build assets without the need for monitoring or rebalancing, target retirement funds may be right for you.

Build your financial savvy [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you want to improve your financial savvy, it pays to have the right tools for the right job. Member Benefits has a number of free financial tools and resources to help you build up your financial knowledge. And if you have questions, call us. We're here to help.


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