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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...

Can Ryan's privatizing save Social Security?

April 10, 2011

The House Republican budget plan put forth last week by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan marks the beginning of the debate on government entitlement reforms — a rancorous clash sure to play out through the next presidential-election cycle and beyond....

Putnam CEO's plea: Fix Social Security, don't privatize it

November 21, 2010

Putnam Investments chief Robert Reynolds went to Washington last Wednesday to urge Congress to save Social Security — just not in the way financial services industry executives usually recommend. Strengthening the entitlement program and the...

Putnam CEO to Congress: Save Social Security, don’t privatize it

November 17, 2010

Putnam Investments chief Robert Reynolds came to Washington on Wednesday to urge Congress to save Social Security — just not in the way Wall Street executives usually recommend. Strengthening the entitlement program and the private retirement...

Advisers need to give clients a Social Security reality check: IN's Pavia

October 28, 2010

The uncertainty of the Social Security system is making retirement's three-legged stool a bit wobbly. Our leaders in Washington have made it quite clear that the Social Security Trust Fund, which has $2.6 trillion in reserves, won't last forever....

Social Security strategies boost income

September 19, 2010

Financial advisers are taking advantage of several Social Security strategies that can boost baby boomers' annual income dramatically. One of the simplest strategies is to defer collecting Social Security benefits until 70. Since every year...

“Secret” Social Security strategies for advisers

May 3, 2010

Most financial advisers are unaware of Social Security strategies that could help increase their clients' payments by thousands of dollars per year. That's according to Mary Beth Franklin, an editor at Kiplinger's, who spoke today at InvestmentNews...

Social Security makes it official: No COLA in 2010

October 15, 2009

There will be no cost of living increase for more than 50 million Social Security recipients next year, the first year without a raise since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975, the government announced Thursday. Blame falling consumer...

Solvency of Social Security, Medicare worries advisers

May 24, 2009

Just when market conditions appear to be stabilizing, financial advisers now have something else to keep them awake at night: Both Social Security and Medicare are on a pace to disappear even sooner than expected. The economic crisis has put...

Memo to the government: Dead people don't spend

May 24, 2009

In an effort to energize the economy, stimulus checks are being mailed to millions of people. Unfortunately, thousands of the recipients are dead. Let me explain. As part of the government's stimulus plan, checks in the amount of $250 are being...

Let's rebuild retirement's three legs

May 17, 2009

For decades, the U.S. retirement system was described as a three-legged stool. One leg was the Social Security system, the second was the employer-sponsored retirement plan, and the third was personal savings. Unfortunately, all three legs of...

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