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The $1 million gender wealth gap

April 19, 2018

It is well-documented that most women earn less than men, averaging 84 cents to every $1 paid to a man. What is less obvious is the lifetime impact of that wage gap when combined with career interruptions. Many women experience lasting financial...

Retirement outlook for millennials

April 13, 2018

And now for something different. Although I spend most of my time writing and speaking about retirement income issues, sometimes I get the chance to address young workers at the beginning of their careers, as I did recently as part of National...

Guaranteed income tops boomers' retirement wish list

April 9, 2018

Monthly guaranteed income is the most important single trait that aging baby boomers look for in a retirement investment, ranked No. 1 or No. 2 by 41% of participants in the latest annual survey of retirement expectations and preparedness conducted...

Social Security benefits for grandchildren

April 5, 2018

Perhaps it is a sign of the times, but I have noticed an uptick in questions from InvestmentNews readers about the possibility of grandchildren being able to collect Social Security benefits on their grandparent's earnings record. In some cases,...

New rules for a 21st century retirement

April 2, 2018

A 21st century retirement needs a new set of rules to provide financial and emotional security for a post-career period that can last 30 years or more. "Rewirement: Rewiring the Way Your Think About Retirement," a new book by professor Jamie...

Deciphering Social Security survivor benefit rules

March 23, 2018

A financial adviser from South Carolina reached out to me recently for help sifting through the numerous Social Security regulations affecting potential benefits for his recently widowed client. "This is probably the most complex situation I...

Social Security benefits losing buying power

March 20, 2018

Automatic cost-of-living adjustments are supposed to help Social Security benefits keep pace with inflation, but years of low inflation and rising Medicare costs are threatening the adequacy of a key component of seniors' income. Over the past...

Graying of America will put pressure on Social Security reform

March 16, 2018

Investment News readers and audiences who attend my Social Security seminars around the country frequently ask me when I think Congress will tackle Social Security reform. I joke that my crystal ball looks more like a blurry snow globe when...

Social Security budget cuts lead to declining customer service

March 12, 2018

A month before my husband Mike turned 66, he received a letter from the Social Security Administration reminding him that he could start receiving unreduced retirement benefits at his full retirement age, even if he continued to work, or he...

Social Security and divorce: Mary Beth Franklin answers your questions

March 7, 2018

During a recent webinar on how to maximize Social Security benefits, I received a question from an attendee that perfectly summarizes the type of challenge that many financial advisers face when trying to help divorced clients create a secure...

Chipping away at entitlement reform

March 5, 2018

The 2034 deadline when the Social Security trust funds are scheduled to run dry gets closer every day. At that point, there would be enough revenue from earmarked payroll taxes to pay about 75% of promised benefits — assuming Congress does...

Social Security: Advisers must stay current on regulations

March 3, 2018

Imagine finding​ out that your widowed mother's monthly Social Security benefit check was less than she was entitled to. You'd likely be furious and more than a little ashamed for not having watched out for her best interests more closely....

Even the strongest retirement plans can be derailed by health care costs

February 26, 2018

Rising health care costs have long been the bane of working Americans, but most people don't give enough thought to how escalating health care costs in retirement can derail even the most solid financial plan. "While the exact cost varies for...

Future retirees more vulnerable to income shocks

February 21, 2018

The two major shocks that hit the elderly today are a spike in medical expenses and a sharp drop in income upon becoming a widow. While some of today's retirees are financially fragile, most appear able to absorb shocks without incurring hardship,...

Social Security underpaid 82% of dually entitled widows and widowers

February 16, 2018

I read a lot of audit reports from the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General, but I don't think I have ever read one as damning as the one issued on Valentine's Day. The purpose of the internal audit was to determine whether...

Tough tax season for victims of Social Security hack

February 13, 2018

As if discovering that someone fraudulently claimed Social Security benefits on your account wasn't bad enough, victims of recent identity theft now have to contend with another bureaucratic headache: 1099 forms documenting reportable income...

Online Social Security accounts are just the first step in preventing identity theft

February 8, 2018

A disturbing trend has come to my attention thanks to a loyal InvestmentNews reader: Americans who have dutifully set up personal online Social Security accounts are still vulnerable to having their benefits stolen out from under them. Robert...

New tax law offers opportunities for advisers and retirees

February 7, 2018

The most sweeping tax reform in a generation may have begun under the guise of simplification, but the application of the new tax rules will be anything but simple for financial advisers and their retired clients. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that...

Timing is crucial for Social Security and Medicare

January 29, 2018

Sometimes the most important advice I can give readers is, "Don't do it!" For example, one reader wrote to me recently asking if she should collect benefits on her ex-husband's earnings record now, at age 65, and later switch to her own larger...

Mary Beth Franklin's 10 tips to retire happy

January 26, 2018

If retirement is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, here are 10 nuggets of advice to smooth the transition to your clients' post-career destinations.

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