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Retirement Planning: Don't Be A Bystander

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Are you preparing for retirement?

Your retirement is coming.
    With apologies to The Terminator (1984), no matter what stage we are at in our lives, we have to think about the post-career years from time to time. And, like Sarah Connor, we can’t hide from our pursuer. We have to act on an ongoing basis to make retirement the most successful experience it can be.

    Most of us can’t buy a home or send a child through college with the money in our wallets or bank accounts. But we also can’t ignore retirement preparation until those other expenses have been addressed. Retirement costs more than pocket change, and it requires at least as much planning as we devote to other major issues and goals in our lives.

How Can You Prepare?

    Join American Century Investments on May 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. for a presentation called Prepare for Retirement. American Century is one of the four companies that participate in the university’s Voluntary 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan (VRSP). At this information session, investment specialist Michelle Robbins will lay out planning steps you can use to:

  • Take small, but important, steps while you’re younger that will put you in a better retirement planning place later in your career and life
  • Make appropriate mid-life adjustments that address areas of concern or capitalize on positive results
  • Act on your plans as retirement time approaches.

    You don’t need to be saving tax deferred with American Century in order to attend this presentation or to sit down with a company representative later in the day for a confidential one-on-one financial planning session. You can even bring your spouse or partner to the individual counseling session if you want to. 

    Visit the Human Resources program registration page to sign up for the American Century presentation. You can also call Patti Glasgow at extension 83936 to register for the presentation or sign up for an individual counseling session.

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