Saving Forward: Educational Resources to Help You Save

Educational ResourcesIn the last issue of the Quarterly News, we asked readers about their preferred way to learn about saving. Half of the respondents said that they access MissionSquare Retirement's online resources, outnumbering those who prefer reading publications, meeting with an expert, or attending a seminar. 

MissionSquare Retirement's Retirement Education Center (www.icmarc.org/education) is filled with calculators, videos, articles, and other information to help you save. The Grow Your Savings and Savings Boost calculators show how much your savings can grow over the years, and how increasing the amount you save by just a little can make a big difference by the time you retire.

The Small Change, Big Savings calculator illustrates the long-term impact of cutting back on a few everyday expenses and stashing the savings in your retirement account. You can also learn more about your 457 plan, how to refine your approach to investing, and other topics central to a financially secure retirement.

Another helpful resource is the MissionSquare Retirement mobile app where you can check out the RealizeRetirement® Tour, an interactive experience to help public sector employees learn more about retirement. 

The app presents a virtual reality exhibit that spotlights moments in the day of three public sector employees — a firefighter during a training session, a parks and recreation planner at a dog park, and a sports commission employee on a stadium rooftop — and then leads to a view of what their retirement could be, providing a unique, 360-degree view of these professions. Your Future Animated allows you to experience an image of your future self when you retire. For more information, see RealizeRetirementTour.org. For more information about the mobile app, see Ask MissionSquare Retirement.

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