Events and Resources

May 2022 Town Halls On Upcoming Retirement Plan Changes

Join a virtual Town Hall hosted by Jon Links, Retirement Plans Investment Committee (RPIC) chair, professor, vice provost, and chief risk officer, to hear the latest on what’s happening, when, and how you can prepare. If you can’t make the live session, a recording will be available so you can view at your convenience.

Town Hall for Employees, Thursday, May 26, noon to 1 p.m. 
Town Hall for Retirees, Friday, May 27 (Canceled. Please view the recorded session from May 26. You can contact the Benefits Service Center for questions at 410-516-2000 or

View the Recorded Town Hall

Woman waving during a video conferenceEvents and Resources for Current Employees

One-Stop Hub for Financial Planning

MMA’s Prosper Wise is a digital platform and one-stop hub for all things financial planning. Through Prosper Wise, you can access educational videos, live and on-demand webinars, news articles and alerts, financial calculators, and more. Plus, MMA financial coaches are available for personalized orientations to help you navigate the site.

On-Demand Webinar Series

Learn more about preparing for retirement through this on-demand webinar series. Specially trained, licensed MMA financial coaches offer informative and interactive lessons, tailored to JHU’s retirement plans, that can help you progressively build your knowledge from foundational to advanced topics.

Here’s a quick glance at what’s covered:

Session 1 Overview: Determining Your Goals, Needs, and Investing Preferences

Start with the basics and then build. In this session, you’ll learn the fundamentals of investing. Along with explaining basic concepts, instructors will define useful terms, demonstrate the importance of goal- and budget-setting, and help you ascertain your personal tolerance for risk.

Click here to view recorded webinar.

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Session 2: Investing in the Markets

In this session, you’ll learn the major differences between equity (stocks) and fixed-income (bond) markets, why and when you want to invest in one or the other, the levels of risk involved, the expected returns, investor goals, and the potential benefits of investing in the markets.

Click here to view recorded webinar.

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Session 3: All about Funds

What is a mutual fund? This session explores how mutual funds work and different ways fund managers combine stocks and/or bonds to build funds. Financial coaches will cover strategies used to attempt to track or beat the market and how professionally managed funds, like target-date funds, work.

Click here to view recorded webinar.

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Session 4: Building a Retirement Portfolio

What does it mean to have a diversified portfolio? This session explores how owning a range of stock, bond, and money market funds, can help you achieve your goals, based on your preferences and proximity to retirement.

Click here to view recorded webinar.

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Session 5: Annuities

How do annuities provide guaranteed income for life—no matter how long you live? In this session, you’ll delve into the advantages and disadvantages of annuities; the three main types—fixed, variable, and indexed; their tax implications; and whether or not they’re an appropriate investment for you.

Click here to view the recorded webinar.

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Session 6: Self-Directed Brokerage Windows

The edu-series culminates in this session, which provides an overview of the brokerage window offered within JHU’s retirement plan. You’ll learn how it differs from JHU’s investment menu and how to determine if it’s a good fit for you.

Click here to view the recorded webinar.

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One-on-One Financial Coaching

  • Go to the MMA’s Prosper Wise website, sign in, and click Talk with a Coach in the top right corner.
  • Choose Retirement Plan to schedule an appointment focused on your long- and short-term financial goals.

Events and Resources for Current and Former Employees and Retirees

Personalized Advice

You can access personalized advice on the retirement plans’ investment menus from TIAA’s financial consultants. Visit, or call 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Learn More About Investing

Watch this short video to learn more about diversification and different types of investments.

Retirement Calculators and Financial Tools

Find convenient resources that can help you on your path toward retirement. You supply the information, and the tools do the rest.