Management Pension Plan COLA adjustment?

Discussion in 'UPS Retirement Topics' started by Brownwifey, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Brownwifey

    Brownwifey New Member

    I placed the thread on the retirement forum, but thought I'd ask here too:

  2. CaliforniaPaul

    CaliforniaPaul Active Member

    Been retired since 1995 and there has been no change in the pension amount.
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  3. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    There is no COLA for management pensions!
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  4. Brownwifey

    Brownwifey New Member

    bummer! I must have been dreaming.

    At any rate, I've got some advice for folks who are 5-10 yrs from retiring and playing with the retirement calculator online. Make sure you know if your pension estimate is in current or future dollars.

    If you ask HR to calculate your projected pension at your selected retirement age, make sure you understand whether you are looking at "current dollars" or "future dollars". In my husband's case, they sent us a printout that based his pension estimate on the five consecutive highest annual compensation amts without accounting for future raises, i.e. the pension amount was in "current dollars". If you're ten years out, this could make your pension calculation off by 25-30%. Hopefully, we're much closer to retiring than that.

    Bummer on no COLA. This really reduces the value of a pension if you plan on living to be old as dirt... :) Thank god for the 401k.
  5. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I remember (circa 1989) "no COLA" being a big point as to why we should participate in the 401k.
    My 401k has more Net Present Value (at 4%) than my pension.
    My outside investments is more than those 2 put together.

    Thank God for all three.
    Soc Sec will be icing on top if I get it.
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Moved to Retirement Forum since this is a retirement question.
  7. Brownwifey

    Brownwifey New Member

    Amen, you're preaching to the choir. You have to have multiple investment strategies to have a "margarita sippin", not a "XXXmart greetin" retirement. We run retirement income projections annually with a pro. If it's any help, our investment advisor (certified financial planner) thinks SS will be essentially unchanged for those 50 and over with cola's calculated differently to slow raises. Younger will probably face increase in retirement age. Don't know if he's right, but I paid for the advice so I thought I'd share.

    I feel sorry for the folks under 30. I think "retirement"will be redefined for their generation.