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As we welcome the winter season and the New Year, the Nevada Public Employees’ Deferred Compensation Program (NDC) prepares to implement changes and educational opportunities to assist participants and employees with their Financial Wellness Journey to and through retirement.
Financial Wellness Education
The NDC sponsored Annual Financial Wellness Days were held October 9 – 13, 2017 in preparation for National Retirement Security Week (NRSW). Nearly 800 government employees participated in financial wellness workshops across the State and via the Internet. Employees were assisted with developing their own individual unique Financial Wellness Road Map to help them better prepare for retirement. If you were unable to attend, you can view the workshops at defcomp.nv.gov.
Local efforts helped to protect 457(b) plans
The NDC Executive Officer and Committee Chair worked diligently with other defined contribution plan administrators and U.S. congressional leaders including Senator Heller to preserve crucial 457(b) plan regulations and benefits.
We are happy to report that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 did not contain any of these changes that Congress originally proposed in the tax reform bill:
If you have questions, please contact Rob Boehmer, NDC Executive Officer, at 775-684-3397 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Karen Oliver and Steve Woodbury
Together with Governor Sandoval’s office, the NDC Committee and Program Administration would like to extend our appreciation to longtime committee members Karen Oliver and Steve Woodbury. Karen has been a committee member since 2011 and served as chair in 2015. Steve joined the committee in 2012 and served as chair in 2016. We will miss Karen’s and Steve’s valuable insight, fiscal oversight and investment knowledge. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Happy New Year from all of us at the NDC Program.
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Guessing isn’t good enough: set your retirement goals
Athletes understand the importance of setting goals. It helps them stay focused while training and competing. Consider doing the same as you make decisions about saving and investing for your retirement future.
It’s important to define your goals as specifically as possible. Many people are unaware of how much they need to save and invest in order to have enough retirement income. According to the 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 4 out of 10 workers (41 percent) have tried to figure out how much money they will need in retirement and only 34 percent
As a participant in the NDC Program, you have access to services that can help take the guesswork out of planning for retirement.
When you log into your account online, myOrangeMoney® displays how your account balance translates into estimated monthly retirement income. It links to your Personal Financial Dashboard where you can organize all your financial accounts in one place. These educational tools are designed to help you with retirement planning. To access both, log into your account at nevada.beready2retire.com.
If you would like assistance, a local representative from the NDC contracted record keeper, Voya Financial,®* can help you develop or review your plan for meeting your retirement objectives. To set up an appointment, call toll free 1-866-464-6832 or 775-886-2400.
A tangible goal to work toward can help you make informed decisions about how to save and invest – and boost your confidence in your ability to reach your objectives.
* Registered Representatives of and securities offered through Voya Financial Advisors, Inc., member SIPC.
IMPORTANT: The illustrations or other information generated by the calculators are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results. This information does not serve, either directly or indirectly, as legal, financial or tax advice and you should always consult a qualified professional legal, financial and/or tax advisor when making decisions related to your individual tax situation.
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Higher contribution limits in 2018
The combined total of your traditional 457(b) and Roth 457(b) contributions cannot exceed these 2018 limits.
If you’re at least age 50 in 2018, you are allowed to contribute an extra $6,000 with the Age 50+ Catch-Up, for a total of up to $24,500. And if you are within three years before the year in which you will reach normal retirement age as defined in the NDC Program and you have not contributed as much as the IRS limits permitted you in prior years, you may be eligible to contribute up to $37,000 with the Three-Year Special 457(b) Catch-Up. Since this catch-up option takes into account your prior contributions and requires you to complete a Three-Year Special 457(b) Catch-Up calculation worksheet, please call 1-866-464-6832 or 775-886-2400. A representative assigned to the NDC Program by our contracted record keeper, Voya Financial®, will assist you with calculating the amount available to you and completing the worksheet.
Remember, if you are eligible for both catch-up options in the same tax year, IRS rules provide that you cannot use both in the same tax year. However, you may use the option that lets you defer the greater amount.
A retirement saving incentive
Generally, the lower your income, the harder it may be to save for retirement. The Saver’s Credit is available to help motivate more people to try.
If you qualify, you could claim a tax credit on your federal tax return for up to half of the first $2,000 you save in your NDC account each year. Under IRS rules, the Saver’s Credit is available to taxpayers who contribute to a 457(b), 401(k) or 403(b) plan or an IRA by December 31 and have a qualified adjusted gross income that does not exceed these limits.
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Investing as retirement gets closer
Your retirement is only a few years away. It may be time to get some advice about how a shorter time frame could affect your investing strategy and investment mix.
The NDC Program has teamed up with Morningstar® Associates to offer investment advice and personalized guidance for managing your NDC account.
If you prefer to handle your NDC account’s investments yourself, you can get advice and investment recommendations through Managed by You. There are no additional fees or costs. You may use the service as often as you like.
If you’d rather leave the investing decisions to Morningstar Associates, consider Managed by Morningstar for an additional annual fee of 0.50% of your account balance. An investment professional will select and monitor your investments based on your situation. You’ll have a clear view of what’s happening with your NDC account through regular updates.
To access either Managed by You or Managed by Morningstar, log into your account and select Get Advice under the Account tab.
If you have questions, call 1-866-464-6832 or 775-886-2400 to ask a representative assigned to the NDC Program by our contracted record keeper, Voya Financial®, about the advice services and investment options available to you.
IMPORTANT: The projections or other information generated by Morningstar® Retirement ManagerSM regarding the likelihood of various retirement income and/or investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual results (including investment results) and are not guarantees of future results. Results may vary with each use and over time.
Morningstar® Retirement ManagerSM is offered by Morningstar, Inc. and is intended for citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories. The investment advice delivered through Morningstar Retirement Manager is provided by Morningstar Investment Management LLC, a registered investment adviser and subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar Investment Managements’ advisory service relates solely to the investment options offered under the plan. Retirement plan funding products offered through Voya Financial Partners, LLC (member SIPC) or other broker dealers with which it has selling agreements. Voya Financial provides Morningstar Investment Management with the plan’s investment options and information about participants, but the decisions regarding the advice provided are made by Morningstar Investment Management. Voya and its companies are not affiliated with Morningstar Investment Management, LLC or its affiliates, and receive no fee or other direct financial benefits from Morningstar Investment Management in connection with the use of its services. The Morningstar name and logo are registered marks of Morningstar, Inc.
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Look at risk with eyes wide open
When you think about the risks you take when you invest, what probably comes to mind first is the risk of losing money in a falling market.
But there are other, possibly less obvious, risks to defend yourself against as you rely on your investments for retirement income.
Rising interest rates can negatively affect your fixed income investment options when they pay less than newly issued bond investments. Higher rates also can cause investors to put more money into interest paying investments, potentially driving down the value of fund options that invest in stocks.
A period of prosperity might make investing seem less risky, leading some investors to take on more risk than is appropriate for their situations. An economic slowdown could cause all investments to lose value and make investing look riskier.
Of course, the scariest risk of all is not having enough money to last through your retirement years. Even a modest inflation rate can severely reduce the future buying power of your retirement savings over time.
Risk is a normal part of investing. While you can’t avoid all risks, you can protect yourself. Before you make investing decisions, look carefully at the potential risk and return of each of your investments. There are strategies that can help you limit the downside of risk while potentially gaining the upside.
Representatives assigned to the NDC Program by our contracted record keeper, Voya Financial®, are available to meet with you one-on-one to explain the risks and returns of different investments and answer your questions. Call 1-866-464-6832 or 775-886-2400 to set up a review of your NDC account.
The NDC Program and the Voya® family of companies do not offer legal or tax advice. For such advice, consult with a tax advisor or legal attorney.
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