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Secrets of social security: Your questions answered

April 10, 2012

After a recent appearance on Consuelo Mack's WealthTrack (watch here) discussing Social Security, InvestmentNews contributing editor Mary Beth Franklin quickly received more than 100 inquiries from advisers and investors about strategies and...

Advisers: Let me coach you on Social Security claiming-strategies

April 10, 2012

You're probably sick of hearing me talk about the importance of Social Security claiming strategies as the bedrock of a solid retirement income strategy. But I'm not alone. Today, Cathy Weatherford, President and CEO of the Insured Retirement...

Social Security meets a brave new world

March 20, 2012

I read a fascinating article in the Washington Post this morning about Social Security survivor benefits for minor children. Normally, when a parent dies, an unmarried child under age 18 is entitled to Social Security survivor benefits. The...

Americans: We're responsible for our financial well-being — just don't ditch Social Security

March 14, 2012

Americans see themselves on the court providing for their own financial well-being — but they want the government to be on the sideline ready to come into the game if they need help. A poll released Wednesday shows that 67% of those surveyed...

No. 1 retirement concern: Fear of the unknown

March 13, 2012

The latest Retirement Confidence Survey is out today. For the 22nd year, the Employee Benefits Research Institute and Matthew Greenwald & Associates have asked American workers about their retirement dreams and concerns. Not surprisingly, Americans'...

When 401(k) fees become transparent

March 11, 2012

Depending on to whom you talk, the new rules requiring 401(k) fee disclosure will be either a watershed moment for the financial services ind-ustry or a non-event. After more than four years of deliberation, public comments and delays, the Labor...

Raise age for Social Security, affluent Americans say

February 26, 2012

Affluent Americans support raising the Social Security age because people are living longer, according to a Bank of America Corp. survey. About 59% of those with more than $250,000 in investible assets said that the government should increase...

Social Security and the single retiree

February 26, 2012

In response to a recent column, one reader aptly noted that not everyone who applies for Social Security benefits is married. “It would be nice for you to give information to us single-by-choice folks,” I was informed. The point is timely....

Why longevity insurance is a good solution

February 19, 2012

For millions of Americans, the odds of living comfortably during retirement will be significantly improved by a newly announced regulatory initiative aimed at making sure that retirees don't run out of money. The initiative involves a set of...

The secrets of Social Security

January 15, 2012

Even for the typically affluent clients of financial advisers, informed decisions about how and when to claim Social Security benefits can mean thousands of extra dollars a year, and tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Are you prepared...

Like comedy, secret to Social Security is timing

November 13, 2011

As baby boomers retire in droves, financial advisers need to do a little studying up on Social Security before they start integrating the payouts into clients' financial planning. Just deciding when to start taking Social Security benefits is...

Like comedy, secret to Social Security is timing

November 8, 2011

As boomers retire in droves, advisers need to do a little studying up on Social Security— before they start integrating the payouts into clients' financial planning. These days, just deciding when to start taking Social Security benefits is...

Alarming number of boomers exhausted savings in recession

October 23, 2011

Slammed by the 2008 recession, a greater number of older Americans claimed Social Security benefits at a younger age, and a shockingly large percentage exhausted their personal savings, a government report has found. Workers 55 and over who...

Social Security beneficiaries to receive 3.6% increase

October 23, 2011

Fifty-five million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment next year, the U.S. government said last week. Taxpayers will also be able to set aside up to $17,000 in 401(k) accounts and other similar retirement...

Social Security beneficiaries to receive 3.6% increase

October 19, 2011

Fifty-five million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment next year, the U.S. government said today. The COLA increase, the first since 2009, takes effect in January. Eight million Americans participating...

Alarming number of boomers exhausted savings during recession

October 18, 2011

Slammed by the 2008 recession, a greater number of older Americans claimed Social Security benefits at a younger age and a shockingly large percentage exhausting their personal savings, a government report found. Workers 55 and over who lost...

Tips on tapping Social Security - Maximize your payout

October 4, 2011

Social Security is under increased scrutiny as the nation's biggest retirement program shows signs it may need an overhaul to extend its life. While the debate over how to best manage Social Security continues, there are ways to ensure that...

GAO's financial advice: Hold off on Social Security, buy an annuity

July 1, 2011

Retirees may have to delay Social Security benefits and buy an annuity to have enough money for retirement, said a U.S. government study. “The risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge,” according to a study from...

AARP refutes reports that it has kowtowed to Social Security cuts

June 17, 2011

AARP, the lobbying group for older Americans, has refuted an article that said the organization has stopped fighting cuts to Social Security benefits. A story that ran on the front page The Wall Street Journal today said the association had...

Senior squeeze

June 5, 2011

Officially, the inflation rate may be negligible, but senior citizens have seen their purchasing power erode by 32% since 2000, according to The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan group that lobbies for seniors' rights to benefits. The rising...

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