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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...

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...

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