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.
You’ve saved for years. Now that retirement is here (or near), how do you create an income plan from your savings? There are five steps.
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.
Single folks who were never married have fewer Social Security filing options. Still, you should understand what they are and which fits your needs best.
Social Security has a way of making your life decisions difficult. When divorce and remarriage enter the picture, things get very complicated.
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.
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.
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.
Retirement is one of the biggest life changes you ever make. Think through all the smaller changes also likely to happen to you. Be prepared before the big day comes.
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?