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Social Security: Not in Peril

Submitted by Jason Lina on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:00am

Is Social Security going bust? As the program turns 75 this year, that’s a valid question. A lot of people fear that they can’t expect benefits in the future. Not to worry: The system’s solvency problems aren’t that bad, and Congress can enact some easy fixes to ensure its ongoing stability.

Boosting Singles’ Benefits

Submitted by Barry Glassman on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:00pm

If you’re like most who think about how much you need for your golden years, you probably calculated based on still having a spouse. Widows, widowers and divorcees approaching retirement and about to file for Social Security, though, need to recognize filing options that can significantly increase monthly benefits.

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.

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