Social Security News, Information and Guidance

Podcast: Mary Beth Franklin on Avoiding Big Social Security Claiming Mistakes

Episode 10 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Mary Beth Franklin.  Mary Beth is a nationally recognized expert in Social Security claiming strategies.  In fact, she literally wrote the book (“Maximizing Your Clients’ Social Security Retirement Benefits,”) that retirement planning experts use to advise clients on Social Security. Listen to find out why…

Social Security is Officially Running in the Red and News for Medicare is Worse

Social Security and Medicare are in real financial trouble. If you are of retirement age now, your benefits are probably not in peril. However, nothing is certain and if you dive into the numbers, you can see that there are very real concerns about the future of these programs. Big Problems for Social Security Become Real…

Social Security and Working

Social Security and Working: Everything You Need to Know

Social Security and working: believe it or not, the two are more or less completely compatible with each other. You can absolutely get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. However, there are a few things that you do need to know. There Might Be Penalties: Work Penalties Will Be Determined by…

Social Security 2018

Social Security 2018: Biggest Benefit Increase in Recent History Is Probably Not Enough

Social Security 2018: The Social Security Administration announced this week the biggest Cost of Benefit Living Adjustment (COLA) increase of the last five years.  However, many retirees say that it is just not enough. The Social Security 2018 increase is big, but definitely NOT that big. Recipients will receive a whopping… big… massive… 2% increase. …

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Are You Relying Too Heavily on Social Security in Your Retirement Plan?

Most of us count down the days, months and even years in anticipation of starting Social Security. In fact, besides qualifying for Medicare, perhaps the retirement event we most look forward to is the day we can start receiving these benefits — after sleeping in of course. Carly Simon’s lyrics come to mind: Anticipation Anticipay…

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Delay Collecting Social Security and Your Finances Will Win Big:
It’s a Better Bet than Real Estate

You need to make a lot of choices in retirement.  Many people tout the benefits of investing in real estate.  However, there is a less glamorous way to use your money for better returns.  Delay collecting Social Security and your finances will win big. Here Henry K. “Bud” Hebeler outlines how delaying the start of…

Married? This is the Single Smartest Social Security Decision You Can Make

You have a lot of decisions to make about retirement.  And, if you are married, you have nearly twice the number of choices — plus the complications of competing priorities and sometimes differing goals and expectations. Your Social Security decisions can profoundly impact your spouse today, tomorrow and long after you are gone… The good…

social security 2017

Social Security 2017: What to Watch

Social Security 2017: You might want to keep your eye on the money. While President Trump promised on the campaign trail that Social Security would not change if he achieved victory, many pundits are worried that this is one promise he will not be able to keep. Most experts have assumed that Social Security would…

Social Security Tricks

Social Security Tricks: Ace the Ultimate Marshmallow Test

It is no secret that delaying the start of your Social Security benefits will probably pay off big in the long run.  However, most retirees eschew the advice and start getting Social Security paychecks almost as soon as they are eligible. According to a report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, 90%…

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable? What to Watch Out For

Thanks to Devin Carroll, of SocialSecurityIntelligence.com , for his expertise and contribution to this article… Are Social Security benefits taxable? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is yes. Most of us assume that Social Security is tax-free. After all, you’ve been putting money into the system over the course of your career….