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TRS: NEWS BY THE NUMBERS
With Dr. Buster Evans
TRS Executive Director
In case you haven’t heard, a few months ago, TRS went social. Thanks to our awesome
members, we already have over 1,500 likes on Facebook and 92 followers on Twitter
(@TRSGeorgia). Following us is the best way to stay informed and learn about the
great things we’re doing throughout the State. Our goal is to share valuable retirement
information, TRS accomplishments, and interesting stories about our members and
retirees. We’re even having a contest—if you like us on Facebook, you will be entered
into a drawing to win an insulated tumbler adorned with a unique TRS design.
So, don’t delay! LIKE us today!
I am very pleased to report that as of December 31, 2016, TRS had over
$67.1 billion in assets. Thanks to a strong stock market and our diligent team of
investment professionals, TRS is doing well and is financially and actuarially sound.
We currently have 230,562 actively contributing members enrolled in TRS.
The median age of new members is 28 years and average age at retirement is
We continue to offer member education programs throughout the State and at our Atlanta
office. Our goal is to provide our members with the resources and information they need
to be successfully in retirement. From July 1-December 31, 2016, we had the pleasure of
meeting with 14,622 active members and retirees at benefit fairs, workshops, seminars,
conferences, chapter meetings, and individual counseling appointments.
Our retirement planners are more than happy to set up a new hire, mid-career,
or pre-retirement event at a location near you. You may contact Mike Zarem,
at 404-425-6616, for more information.
TRS is projected to pay over $4.2 billion in benefits to retirees during Fiscal Year 2017
and almost 90% of our retirees reside in Georgia. As consumers, our retirees pump
money back into their community’s economies through expenditures on goods and
services, which leads businesses to purchase additional goods and services and hire
additional employees. This economic impact will amount to approximately $533 million
in the month of December alone. These expenditures increase economic demand
and encourage employment throughout the State. In other words, TRS retirees have a
substantial impact on Georgia’s economy.
I encourage you to visit us online at www.trsga.com to receive the latest news and to
periodically view your account. Feel free to contact us via Facebook, email, or phone if
you have any questions or if you just wish to let us know how we’re doing. Thank you
for your continued support!
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