WRS Webinars

ETF (Department of Employee Trust Funds) is offering a series of short, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.  Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. To avoid connectivity issues during webinars, we highly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser.

Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 5 years? Then this webinar is for you. Learn about your WRS benefits and the retirement process.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how the WRS retirement benefit works
  2. Recognize eligibility and prepare to apply for benefits
  3. Identify the different types of annuity options
  4. Prepare for health and life insurance changes in retirement
  5. Find additional resources
  • Thu, Feb 22, 2024 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thu, Mar 14, 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wed, Mar 27, 2024 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7817059707818435598

Annuity Options

When you get your retirement estimate, you’ll see that there are many options for receiving your retirement benefit. You can choose to receive the payment for your life or extend it beyond your life to your loved ones. The choice is yours. We’ll discuss how each option impacts the size of your payment and affects your loved ones.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define and explain annuity, annuitant, beneficiary and named survivor.
  2. Compare the different annuity options.
  3. Find resources with more information.
  4. Identify the next steps for you to choose an annuity option.
  • Tue, Feb 27, 2024 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2815084454430772057

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System

Are you new to the Wisconsin Retirement System? We’ll let you know what to expect.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the elements of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
  2. Explain how the WRS pension works.
  3. Identify benefits available through the WRS.
  4. Find resources for more information.
  • Wed, Feb 28, 2024 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3315888911138785372

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculations

Have you requested a retirement estimate? Thinking about it? In this presentation we’ll discuss how we calculate your retirement benefit.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the individual components of the two retirement benefit calculation methods.
  2. Describe what affects your WRS retirement benefit for each type of calculation (money purchase and formula)..
  • Wed, Mar 6, 2024 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Tue, Mar 12, 2024 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Thu, Mar 21, 2024 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1367036437589766490

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Each year you may see changes to the amount of your retirement payment. We’ll discuss why and how these changes happen.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define WRS effective rate and annuity adjustment.
  2. Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund effective rates are calculated.
  3. Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund annuity adjustments are calculated.
  • Wed, Mar 6, 2024 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Tue, Mar 12, 2024 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Thu, Mar 28, 2024 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2816230146393650271

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees

Are you a new employee or someone who still has at least 5 years to go before you can retire? It’s never too early to start planning for a secure retirement. Learn how to maximize your WRS benefits.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the benefits of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
  2. Designate a beneficiary or several beneficiaries.
  3. Join or cancel the Variable Fund.
  4. Use additional contributions to supplement your savings for retirement.
  • Thu, Mar 7, 2024 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Wed, Mar 20, 2024 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Tue, Mar 26, 2024 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1015359842469001308