Mary Beth Franklin

Mary Beth Franklin is a Contributing Editor at Investment News specializing in Social Security, Medicare and Retirement income. She has been a financial journalist for more than 40 years, covering everything from federal budget and tax policies as a Capitol Hill reporter for United Press International to consumer finances as a writer and editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Mary Beth became a Certified Financial Planner in 2015 and is an in-demand speaker at conferences for financial professionals as well as a frequent guest on numerous radio and television programs. She is the author of “Maximizing Your Social Security Retirement Benefits” and host of the Retirement Repair Shop podcast. In her free time, Mary Beth likes to read, garden, ski and play the piano. She received a BA in Communications from American University in 1975 where she continues to mentor journalism students.


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Some Social Security checks to decline in 2022 due to IRMAA

Medicare high-income surcharges combined with higher Medicare premiums will take a bigger chunk of retirement benefits in the new year.


Demand for Social Security advice increases

The pandemic is boosting retirement among baby boomers, as well as their questions about when to claim benefits.


Caregivers in the spotlight

November is National Family Caregivers Month, celebrating the more than 53 million people in the U.S. who currently provide unpaid care to a relative or friend.


Medicare premiums, IRMAA surcharges to rise in 2022

The 15% hike in the Medicare Part B premium is one of the largest annual increases in Medicare’s history, as COVID-related expenses and a new Alzheimer drug drive costs higher.


Confusion about Medicare plagues older workers

Contributions to health savings accounts can trip up enrollment after the age of 65.


Teaching women investors to embrace risk

Women's longer life expectancies and the likelihood that most will spend their final years on their own indicate the need to take more risk with their retirement portfolios. Unfortunately, most female investors do the opposite.


Managing your clients’ expectations around Social Security

Don’t let clients sabotage their retirement plans because of fears about the program’s finances. Advisers can help clients put trust fund solvency woes into perspective.


Social Security announces 5.9% COLA for 2022

The cost-of-living adjustment will result in the largest increase in retirement benefits and taxable wages in 40 years.


Few are prepared for long-term care costs

Families continue to provide the bulk of unpaid care, according to a new report that estimates more than one-third of individuals don't have the resources for even a year of minimal care.


The biggest gaps in Medicare: Dental, hearing and vision coverage

A new study details the uncovered costs retirees face for those services as Congress considers expanding Medicare Part B to include such coverage.

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