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Suspending Social Security

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

If you already started Social Security benefits, can you change your mind? Yes. With a little trick called “file and suspend,” you can put your benefits on hold and restart them later to maximize retirement income.

Women’s Higher Money Risk

Submitted by Wayne Fourman on Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Women are more vulnerable to financial insecurity because they typically live longer and earn less. Making the right financial decisions is therefore crucial for all women, from Social Security to the rest of their retirement planning.

Realistic Retirement Goals

Submitted by Wes Moss on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

We all often hear about how dire the retirement outlook for Americans is. While the overall situation is scary, I like to focus on the benchmarks that everyone can target without feeling like they’re losing before even starting.

Benefits: Every Month Counts

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Monday, January 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your Social Security benefits may turn out to be the flagship of your retirement income. Filing for benefits even a few months late or early, though, and you can significantly increase – or cut – your income. Here’s what to know and how to avoid tripping up.

How to Fix Social Security

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:00am

We often read reports from the Social Security Administration’s reviews of the status of its trust fund and predictions that in 20 years funding will exist to pay 77 cents on the dollar of promised benefits. So far this revelation produces from policymakers no actual steps to fix the system. What can we do to fix Social Security?

Benefit Hitch: Deemed Filing

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00pm

Think you have Social Security filing all figured out? There are many kinds of benefits and many ways to make sure you can file for all those benefits you want. Just know about a rule you probably never heard of: deemed filing.

Maximizing Social Security

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

Failure to understand Social Security can be costly. Here’s how to get the most out of your benefits. While the subject is complex and laden with acronyms, you need to understand it.

How much financial security can a person or couple derive from Social Security income? For many it is the bulk of retirement income. Per the Social Security Administration, 52% of married couples and 74% of unmarried persons receive half or more of their income from Social Security.

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