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Making tough decisions to fix Social Security

March 9, 2014

Although politicians in Washington can't seem to agree on anything, many individual citizens have plenty to say about how government could be improved and where tax dollars should be spent. Fixing Social Security is a good place to start. Now...

Consider new uses of reverse mortgages for clients

February 16, 2014

For more than 20 years, reverse mortgages have been seen as a financial lifeline of last resort for seniors who are house-rich but cash-poor. Now, bolstered by the research of some leading financial advisers and new rules from the Department...

Public pensions offset Social Security

February 2, 2014

I have received a slew of questions recently from financial advisers who are trying to create retirement plans for married couples where one spouse has had a career in public service or public education. As advisers, it is important to know...

Don't overlook planning for health care during retirement

January 19, 2014

More than 40 years ago, author and futurist Alvin Toffler stunned the world with his predictions of rapid industrial and technological changes that would result in the information overload we all experience today. At some point decades in the...

Check out resources to become a Social Security expert

January 5, 2014

InvestmentNews readers often ask me for recommendations on books and other resources to help them get up to speed on Social Security-claiming strategies. It is a great way to start the new year if one of your resolutions is to become a Social...

Is age 70 the new 65 for retirement?

December 8, 2013

Due to increases in Social Security's delayed-retirement credit, the real retirement age is now 70, according to a recent research paper from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Social Security benefits increase by 8% per year...

Tax break for repaying Social Security benefits

December 6, 2013

As more Americans begin to realize the value of delaying their Social Security benefits, some are rethinking their decision to claim reduced benefits early. You have 12 months from the date of your initial claim to change your mind. If you do,...

Best laid Social Security-claiming plans gone awry

November 26, 2013

The other day, I received a frantic e-mail from a reader desperate to undo a Social Security claiming decision that was turning out all wrong. Gary, a reader from South Carolina, said he heard me talking about the “file and suspend” strategy...

Retirement planning is now a family affair

November 24, 2013

In the years before the Great Recession, it wasn't unusual to see a happy couple tooling down the highway in a luxury recreational vehicle with a bumper sticker that joyfully proclaimed: “We're spending our kids' inheritance.” Fast forward...

How returning to work affects Social Security benefits

November 21, 2013

I received a great question from a reader today asking how his Social Security retirement benefits might be affected if he returns to work next year. Peter, who retired early and began collecting reduced benefits, will reach his full retirement...

Last-minute tips for Medicare annual enrollment

November 19, 2013

People who want to switch their Medicare coverage for 2014 have just a few weeks left in the annual open-enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7. The choices can be overwhelming, but there are practical steps your clients can take now to make sure...

Social Security's 50 shades of gray

November 14, 2013

I have received a slew of questions lately asking how rules for Social Security retirement benefits and survivor benefits interact. “If a spouse who never worked begins her spousal benefits at 62, will her survivor benefit amount be forever...

Mary Beth Franklin's CFP challenge: Exam tips from the pros

November 11, 2013

When I was in New York a few weeks ago to attend an InvestmentNews staff meeting, one of my colleagues referred to me as “the Dear Abby of Social Security.” I was flattered. Like that legendary advice columnist, I have developed a rapport...

Changes to Part D prescription drug plans in 2014 that every adviser should know

November 7, 2013

Want to give your retired clients a reason to count you among their blessings this Thanksgiving? Offer them a few tips on how they could save money on their prescription drugs next year by shopping for a new Medicare Part D plan now. Although...

Beyond the automatic 401(K)

November 3, 2013

There is no denying that recent 401(k) plan innovations of automatic enrollment, auto-escalation features and qualified default investment alternatives have gone a long way to improve retirement plan participation and savings rates. Using “nudge...

What I learned about Social Security in my CFP review course

October 23, 2013

Last week, I attended an intensive four-day, in-classroom review for next month's Certified Financial Planner Board of Standard Inc.'s certification exam. Going into the Dalton Review program, I was afraid I would be tripped up by complicated...

Health care exchanges aren't meant for retirees

October 20, 2013

The new health insurance exchanges have dominated headlines in recent weeks, with tales ranging from computer glitches that have prevented millions of uninsured Americans from signing up for coverage to a federal government shutdown triggered...

Unraveling mystery of lump-sum payments

October 20, 2013

Quite a number of retirees are receiving a lump-sum payment when they apply for Social Security benefits, and that led one financial adviser in San Leandro, Calif., to ask me to explain these mystery payments. “I have been hearing from clients...

Preparing for the next Bronze Age

October 6, 2013

Do you hear the drumbeats warning of an impending retirement crisis growing louder? I do. You can tell that a situation has reached a tipping point when traditional opponents agree that something must be done. A few months ago, two powerhouses...

Two options to 'super-size' Social Security benefits

September 22, 2013

I often write about how financial advisers can help their clients who claim reduced Social Security benefits early and regret it later take steps to reset their benefits. Sometimes it means repaying benefits that they have received over the...

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