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Oct. 28: Retirement talk demystifies financial topics
October 15, 2015

TIAA-CREF-Stephen-MacDonaldPULLMAN, Wash. – Rising interest rates, economic weakness in China and what these might mean for Washington State University retirement portfolios will be discussed by TIAA-CREF managing director Stephen MacDonald 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in FSHN 101.

Jan. 22: WSURP retirement presentations offered
January 17, 2014

tiaa-cref-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Retirement presentations for participants in the Washington State University Retirement Plan (WSURP) will be offered by Human Resource Services and TIAA-CREF on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Lighty 405.

TIAA-CREF offers info on options, individual counseling
April 7, 2009

WSU employees, in particular those a year or less from retirement, are invited to a discussion of the TIAA-CREF retirement income options 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Smith CUE 202.


Topics will include an overview of retirement income and expenses, threats to retirement cash flow, and TIAA-CREF income options.


Also, information will be provided regarding WSU’s voluntary early retirement incentive (VERI).


Counseling too

Individual one-hour counseling sessions by TIAA-CREF also will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, April 14, 15 and 17, in French Ad 139 (Human Resource Services). Sessions are confidential and openings are limited.


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Retiree tax benefit can help WSU too
February 6, 2009

New tax legislation allows — for a limited time — a way to make gifts to the WSU Foundation and other charities using individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without negative tax consequences.


Similar to previous legislation called the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allows distributions up to $100,000 per year per taxpayer to qualified charities from a traditional or Roth IRA.


The distributions are not reportable income to the plan owner, nor does he or she receive a charitable income tax deduction. The distribution can satisfy the plan owner’s required minimum distribution.


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Phased retirement can benefit WSU, employees
October 13, 2006

Some WSU employees may have the option of easing into retirement, thanks to the university’s Phased Retirement Plan.To participate, you must meet some basic criteria, including:• Administrative professional or faculty employee• Age 55 or older • At least 10 years of cumulative service to WSU• On the TIAA-CREF retirement planIt is recommended that you talk with Benefits Services staff several months before you make a formal request for phased retirement. There is an application and approval process, followed by drawing up of a formal contract. Contracts typically are limited to seven years, though extensions may be renewed year by year.Phased retirement can benefit both employees … » More …

TIAA-CREF sponsors annual summer All Campus Picnic
August 3, 2006

Mark your calendars and note the change of location, Washington State University’s annual All-Campus Picnic will be held the 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Mooberry Track.  The lunch includes hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, sandwiches, beverages, dessert and music, and is free to all students, faculty and staff. The picnic was moved to Mooberry Track to make it more convenient for those arriving from the University Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. in Beasley Coliseum.Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) once again will be sponsoring the picnic for employees. TIAA-CREF is one of WSU’s major financial services providers — retirement, annuities, investment and insurance — for … » More …

Deferred comp rep in Pullman Nov. 10
October 28, 2005

Deferred comp rep in Pullman Nov. 10It is never too early to start planning for retirement. To help with part of that planning, Stacy Rundle, from the state deferred compensation program, will be in Pullman Thursday, Nov. 10, with information for employees interested in tax sheltering money for retirement.Group sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Benefits Meeting Room, French Administration 230. Between sessions, employees can meet with Rundle for individual 20-minute appointments. To schedule an appointment, contact Benefit Services at 335-4589.Those scheduling an appointment should bring their last paycheck stub and tax withholding information (W-4) for paycheck calculations on … » More …

Employees get into picnic prep
August 19, 2005

Employees and students prepared and then partook of a free all-campus picnic at WSU Pullman Friday, Aug. 19.In these photos taken by Shelly Hanks of WSU Photo Services, Camille Martin of the Ecology Department gets into the work of recycling preparation for the Waste Wise program. And Hsiu-Pow Hwang, general manager of Dining Services, helps students set up for the big feed.TIAA-CREF planned to raffle two IPod Minis at the picnic. Attached to the raffle tickets are schedules of upcoming individual TIAA-CREF retirement counseling sessions. To schedule one, call toll-free 877-209-3142 or sign up at

Looking for a resolution? Pay yourself first and save
January 7, 2005

The maximum amount WSU employees may defer from their paycheck into retirement savings has increased for 2005. In each of the two programs offered, the maximum has gone from $13,000 in 2004 to $14,000 for 2005. Employees may start, stop or make changes to their accounts at any time.The two programs in which employees may participate are:• The Deferred Compensation Program (DCP), which the state Department of Retirement Systems administers. State employees are eligible to participate, whether full- or part-time, working a regular schedule or career seasonal. To enroll in DCP, a minimum deferral of $30 per month ($15 per pay period) is required.More information … » More …

TIAA-CREF offers yearly portfolio rebalancing
November 28, 2003

To maintain an appropriate risk/reward balance within retirement investment portfolios, TIAA-CREF suggests that employees in its retirement programs rebalance their portfolios periodically. However, plan participants often don’t get around to doing this. So, TIAA-CREF is introducing automatic portfolio rebalancing through its Asset Allocation Services.To use this service, plan participants first decide on an initial asset allocation mix that best suits their risk tolerance and investment style. They can either maintain their existing portfolios, choose one of TIAA-CREF’s suggested models based on risk tolerance, or create a new asset allocation mix on their own. Once they make the selection, participants simply elect that TIAA-CREF rebalance their … » More …