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Choosing between a retroactive lump sum and a bigger monthly Social Security benefit

March 19, 2019

Jim Perry, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Coral Gables, Fla., was surprised to learn that retirees who claim Social Security benefits after their full retirement age are eligible for up to six months of retroactive benefits paid in...

Future retirees ponder Social Security strategies

March 6, 2019

I often get questions from people who were born in 1960 or later about whether it would make sense for them to delay claiming Social Security benefits beyond their full retirement age of 67. My usual answer is I don't know. Much of that decision...

2019 is a key year for Social Security

February 20, 2019

I'd like to try to clear up some confusion about Social Security claiming strategies that was triggered by one of my recent columns.​ In last week's column, I wrote that people who reach their full retirement age of 66 in 2019 are the last...

Rules for claiming Social Security at 70

February 11, 2019

By now, most financial advisers and many consumers realize that delaying Social Security benefits until age 70 can pay off big time. For every year individuals postpone claiming benefits beyond their full retirement age, they earn an extra 8%...

Don't wait too long to claim Social Security

February 4, 2019

If delaying Social Security benefits for a few years results in a bigger check, then delaying a little longer should result in an even bigger one, right? Wrong! This is one of the false assumptions I encountered last week during my annual trip...

Social Security and gray divorce

January 2, 2019

Over the holidays, a financial adviser contacted me with questions about how to help one of his newly divorced clients, a classic example of the growing trend of gray divorce, which occurs when a long-time marriage dissolves in or near retirement....

Calculating Social Security survivor amounts

December 19, 2018

Some of my favorite column ideas come from readers' questions. This is one of them. A financial adviser wrote to me recently regarding a client who wants to wait until age 70 to claim his Social Security retirement benefit to ensure that his...

Inaccurate info from Social Security Administration a challenge for widows

September 12, 2018

Losing one's spouse is one of life's most difficult and overwhelming experiences. Claiming Social Security survivor benefits apparently ranks as a close second based on a frantic phone call I received from a close friend this week. My friend...

Determining if a message from Social Security is a scam

September 19, 2018

A financial adviser contacted me recently to ask if the email he received from the Social Security Administration reminding him to review his estimated benefits statement online was valid. "Does Social Security send out these types of emails,...

Social Security finances worsen as reliance on the program increases

August 9, 2018

You've heard of good news/bad news stories. This one is a bad news/worse news version. Two new reports from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business document an increase in American retirees' reliance on Social Security income...

2019 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment now expected to be 2.8 percent

September 14, 2018

Update: Social Security COLA for 2019 announced; will be 2.8 percent​ It looks like Social Security benefits will increase by about 2.8% in 2019. Although that's down slightly from an earlier estimate, it still would be the largest benefit...

Estimating the impact of early retirement on Social Security benefits

August 29, 2018

One of the most common questions I receive from financial advisers concerns the impact of early retirement on future Social Security benefits. They wonder if the estimated benefits statement that their clients receive accurately portrays future...

Some public employees face Social Security hurdles

August 27, 2018

There are about 2,700 different rules that govern Social Security benefits, but two of them stand out as the most confusing and unfair — at least according to the subset of workers and family members who are subject to them. About a quarter...

Mary Beth Franklin: Ways to modernize Social Security benefits

October 3, 2018

Frankly, I am amazed and disappointed that the nation is only a month away from midterm elections in November and virtually no candidates from either party have mentioned Social Security. Ignoring the obvious does not diminish the fact that...

Retroactive Social Security benefits: Everything you need to know

August 20, 2018

A financial adviser contacted me recently to ask whether a widowed client, who had been eligible to collect Social Security survivor benefits at the earliest at age 60, could file for retroactive benefits now that she was 63. Any type of Social...

Social Security benefits lost 34% of their buying power since 2000

June 21, 2018

Social Security benefits have lost more than one-third of their buying power since 2000, according to a new study released Thursday by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group. "This is the biggest loss of buying power recorded...

7 surprising facts about the Social Security earnings test

July 31, 2018

Questions from InvestmentNews readers tend to run in cycles. This month, the Social Security earnings test seems to be a popular topic with financial advisers and their clients who want to claim benefits early but plan to keep working. That...

Working longer is best way to boost retirement income

July 25, 2018

Working a few years longer has a much bigger impact on improving retirement income security for older workers than boosting 401(k) contributions during the last decade of work, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic...

Social Security's most confusing rules

May 9, 2018

I've just returned from the annual InvestmentNews Retirement Income Summit in Chicago. It is one of my favorite conferences of the year, not just because of the excellent content, but because it provides me an opportunity to meet with readers...

Countdown to retirement

May 3, 2018

I celebrated a major milestone with a group of friends recently. We met as newly minted teenagers in 1968 when we were freshmen in high school. Today, with most of us on the cusp of retirement, we took a trip to Charleston to commemorate 50...

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