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Annuities suffer from a branding problem

October 21, 2012

Against a backdrop of low interest rates on savings and a volatile stock market, near and current retirees are hungry for predictable, guaranteed income for life. But many clients and, in some cases, their financial advisers generally reject...

Flat COLA: Medicare hikes will offset Social Security increase

October 16, 2012

Monthly Social Security benefits for more than 56 million retirees will increase 1.7% in 2013, less than half the 3.6% increase that they received this year. Retirees received no cost-of-living adjustment in either 2010 or 2011. Despite the...

The skinny: Delaying retirement won't fatten Social Security check

October 12, 2012

Financial advisers and their clients are getting used to hearing me preach the gospel of delaying Social Security benefits as a way to increase guaranteed income in retirement. But delaying benefits does not necessarily mean delaying retirement....

Payroll tax takes a holiday — and could doom Social Security

October 11, 2012

President Franklin D. Roosevelt must be rolling in his grave. When FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935, he emphasized that the system would be financed by workers' contributions, not by general tax revenues. “We put those payroll...

The UnCOLA: Social Security recipients to get puny cost-of-living boost

October 9, 2012

Social Security recipients will receive a cost-of-living increase for 2013, but it will be only about half as large as the COLA they received this year, according to an unofficial estimate by the American Institute for Economic Research, an...

Spousal-benefit calculations are more complicated than you think

September 23, 2012

My mailbag continues to fill up with questions about Social Security-claiming strategies. I have to admit that no matter how much I think I know about this subject, I always learn something new, thanks to your detailed questions. So please,...

Mary Beth Franklin: Social Security math quiz

September 10, 2012

My mailbag continues to fill up with questions about Social Security claiming strategies. I have to admit that no matter how much I think I know about this subject, I always learn something new thanks to your detailed questions. So, please,...

Advisers blow Social Security benefits quiz

September 2, 2012

Most financial advisers consider it an important part of their job to educate their clients about how Social Security benefits fit into their retirement income plan. But some inadvertently may be hurting their female clients because they don't...

Working longer no lock for comfortable retirement

August 30, 2012

Workers who hoped they could solve their retirement savings problems by staying on the job until 70 could be wrong. In the past, most workers figured they'd be able to retire at the age of 65. But following 2008's financial crisis, the idea...

Are advisers giving bad Social Security advice? Survey says yes

August 28, 2012

Most financial advisers consider it an important part of their job to educate their clients about how Social Security benefits fit into their overall retirement income plan. But some may be inadvertently hurting their female clients by not fully...

How couples can maximize Social Security benefits

August 27, 2012

InvestmentNews contributing editor Mary Beth Franklin talks about the ways in which a married couple can maximize its Social Security income.

Keeping your clients from grabbing the cookie

August 26, 2012

Despite the fact that many Americans haven't saved enough for retirement, the majority claim Social Security benefits at the first opportunity, substantially reducing their monthly benefit for the rest of their lives. It seems that humans, despite...

How to collect on a former spouse

August 26, 2012

There is no doubt that there is an enormous appetite for information about strategies for claiming Social Security benefits, and I am happy to shed some light on these often confusing issues. Russell, a financial adviser in Pennsylvania, had...

DIY Social Security? Even GOP has given up

August 26, 2012

As the Republican convention gets under way this week, one subject that won't make prime time is privatizing Social Security. In his 2010 Roadmap for America's Future, presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan proposed a plan...

Retirement's bleak end

August 19, 2012

Almost half of senior citizens in the United States have less than $10,000 in financial assets when they die, according to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Because many depend almost entirely on Social Security payments,...

One way to boost Social Security benefits: A do-over

August 19, 2012

Apparently, my recent blog about how married couples can coordinate their strategies in claiming Social Security to maximize their lifetime benefits served as a floodgate. And now that the gate is open, questions about Social Security benefits...

How you can collect on your ex

August 17, 2012

There's no doubt that there's an enormous appetite for information about Social Security claiming strategies and I'm happy to shed some light on these often confusing issues. Russell, a financial adviser in Pennsylvania, has some questions about...

It's not too late to boost Social Security benefits

August 15, 2012

Apparently, my recent blog about how married couples can coordinate their Social Security claiming strategies to maximize their lifetime benefits served as a floodgate. And now that the gate is open, questions about Social Security benefits...

Secret weapon for maxing out Social Security benefits? Your spouse

August 12, 2012

Hardly a day goes by that I don't receive an e-mail from InvestmentNews readers about strategies on how to claim Social Security. I usually respond to them privately, but a question from a financial adviser in Los Angeles was so good that I...

Secret weapon for maxing out Social Security? Your spouse

August 8, 2012

Hardly a day goes by that I don't receive an e-mail from InvestmentNews readers about Social Security claiming strategies. I usually respond to them privately, but this was such a good question from a financial adviser in Los Angeles, that I...

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