Ameritime® is a knowledgeable collective of former educators who work in tandem with an Integrated Financial Network® to inform and assist fellow Missouri educators about their money and their financial future. Since 1989, Ameritime has successfully managed to navigate the often times confusing regulations and benefits of the Missouri Public School Retirement System. We know the gravity these benefits hold for educators and their families, and are determined to share our experience, knowledge and expertise with any and all other Missouri educational employees.
Over the past 30 years, we have met with thousands of teachers, coaches and educational professionals across the state, and developed financially beneficial strategies that help PSRS/PEERS members maximize their pensions. We feel that when educators understand there are creative ways to achieve this goal with glowing rewards, they will be in a position to more comfortably and efficiently control their cash flow and overall wealth. Our ultimate goal is to make it possible for our clients to retain and utilize their current earnings to their advantage, and pass on more of their wealth to future generations.
At Ameritime we guide each of our clients through a unique, three-phase process specifically designed for educators in the Missouri PSRS/PEERS retirement system. When an educational professional is navigated through this process, they will learn unique ways to maximize their pension in a way that may exponentially benefit them and their families.
The initial part of the Discovery Phase is designed to explore the different facets of the PSRS/PEERS retirement system by reviewing the following:
The second part of the Discovery Phase consists of completing what we refer to as a “Financial Discovery” on an educator’s current economical status. The Financial Discovery was developed to act as a visual tool for a designated Ameritime® team that can then present the educator with a financial picture to help them think through their retirement. This way we can begin to strategize the best options for the most beneficial retirement package available. Because there are so many variables and different things to consider when choosing benefits, we need a client’s full financial picture to ensure that we select the most fitting and lucrative options for each specific educator.
Once we’ve completed Discovery, and the client is ready to move forward after feeling confident with all of their pension options, we usher them on to the next phase… Strategy.
In the Strategy Phase we introduce our Integrated Financial Network (IFN) as needed to handle and maximize the educator’s pension benefits. This process will help the client gain more control of their cash flow, minimize taxes and ultimately create long-term financial stability for not just them, but future generations as well. When implementing this process, we focus on the following facets of the client’s financial picture:
By utilizing these strategies crafted specifically for the educator by our IFN®, this phase ultimately results in additional financial comfort, stability and peace of mind. The client and their loved ones will potentially enjoy more wealth during their lifetime, and subsequently more to pass on to help secure the future of the next generation.
The final phase is a long-term monitoring plan designed specifically for each client, aptly named the…
So based on the educator’s financial picture, we have knocked out discovery and strategy. The next step is to forge ahead into the long-term Measure and Monitor Phase. First, we initiate a meeting with the educator once a year for an annual review of their Financial Picture. This allows the client to touch base with, and really get to know, their personalized integrated financial team.
Of course, the educator always has the option to meet with their Ameritime Team before the scheduled annual meeting. We realize that specifics in a financial picture can shift dramatically, and we are readily available at any time to address any significant changes that may occur.
The Measure and Monitor phase consist of the following:
Ameritime’s Integrated Financial Network® (or IFN®) is an accomplished, experienced team of financial professionals who specialize in the Missouri Public School Retirement System. We work for you, exclusively.
Our network essentially provides a one-stop-shop for Missouri educators that offers expert advice on their complete financial picture. In the confusing world of retirement lingo and loopholes, our IFN® is uniquely dedicated to helping MO educators not only understand their options, but also positively impact their entire financial picture. Maximizing pensions, creating greater control over cash flow and wealth, smarter living prior to and during retirement and ensuring the financial success of our clients’ future generations are just some of the many things we do.
Once an educational professional teams up with Ameritime®, we can communicate with the professionals in the Integrated Financial Network® to ensure the most efficient methods of dealing with that educator’s financial needs. Our goal is to make the IFN® easy to obtain, navigate and utilize, eliminating typical frustrations that are often present when dealing with retirement planning… specifically in the field of education. Think of it as a way to coordinate all of your various independent money and financial services in one convenient place, with experts that know your exact situation.
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We plan our daily lessons, dinners, parties, vacations…..Why not plan for our retirement, too? PSRS allows you to plug in your age and years of service to give you retirement date options. These options allow you to start thinking about long range planning and goal setting. The possible retirement options need to be examined carefully to see what will fit your life, based on your personal situation. You may have plenty of years to figure it out, but as I always say, “It is important to get your ducks in a row.” Have a plan, gain confidence, and control your finances. It is never too late, nor too early, to start planning (baby steps are great, as well)!
As you know, time seems to “fly by” faster and faster every year. When I reflect on my career, I can’t believe I spent 27 years teaching. Where did the time go? I am thankful that I planned my retirement years ago. Also though I remember thinking that May 2017 would never arrive….well, it did and I was ready!
This is not a secret, nor is it magic! I sought the help of a trained and trusted financial professional that was well versed with our retirement system (PSRS). I then followed their advice. I was able to purchase 2.5 years of service credit because I had paid into Social Security for a couple of years. I was then able to purchase .5 years of service credit when I was within 5 years of retirement. (In short, I taught for 27 years and bought 3 years of service credit for my full 30 years.) I also met each year with my financial professional to review and update my retirement plan as needed. In addition, I stopped putting money into my 403B at the advice of my financial professional. This gave me more freedom with my money without sacrificing my retirement benefits. Since we put 17% of our salaries into our retirement, I did not need a second plan with the 403B.
I rolled money from my 403B to pay for my three years of service credit. My financial professional helped me complete the paperwork to send to the Social Security office as well as to the PSRS office. The Social Security office looked at my records to determine how many service years I was eligible to purchase and the PSRS office then sent me the cost for the eligible years. I then rolled my 403B money over to my PSRS account to purchase the service credit.
Expensive? Well, that makes a good discussion. I am now enjoying retirement at the age of 47 years. If I would have left my money in the 403B, I would not be able to access it until the age of 59.5 years. So, I think the transfer of money was well worth the cost!
Financial planning is not a “cookie cutter” approach, especially for those of us with defined pension plans (what we get from the PSRS and PEERS). It is helpful/important to discuss your family’s finances with your significant other, as well as your trusted financial professionals on a regular basis. And you should be sure to choose a professional who will discuss the pros and cons of your approach to “saving money,” and who is proactive about reviewing YOUR unique financial picture, while strategizing with you and your family to gain greater control of your money.
Public School Retirement System of Missouri
PSRS provides lifetime retirement benefits for Missouri public school teachers and other qualified individuals* who work for covered employers.
*PSRS qualified individuals have an educator certificate from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Public Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri
PEERS provides lifetime retirement benefits for qualified Missouri public school employees who work for covered employers.