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Not Your Grandfather’s Social Security: What awaits Gen X & Millenials

Sean Williams of The Motley Fool writes a most informative article about how the future will be different for Social Security recipients.  The Trustees Report notes that excess income will be exhausted by 2034, and the program will only be…

The Weather’s Relationship to Social Security and COLAs

About the last thing you would think to have anything to do with what the cost of living adjustment might be for Social Security recipients come the fall would be the weather.  But as Sean Williams of The Motley Fool…

Retiring? These Five Financial Principles Can Guide You

The Motley Fool’s Christy Bieber suggests these five rules to live by when retiring: maximize Social Security benefits, continue to invest but more conservatively, have a plan for withdrawing savings, keep in mind the required minimum distribution rule at age…

COLA: A Look at the Impact of Using CPI-E

As we near the time of the year when Social Security publishes its cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for next year, we hear more and more about how this adjustment is calculated and what it means for seniors’ ability to keep pace…

Paid Family Leave Financed by Social Security Deferrals Now on the Table

Led by Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s proposed “Economic Security for New Parents Act,” the issue of paid family leave has entered the debate stage in Washington. Rubio’s proposal, calling for for at least two months of paid leave in exchange for an…

Early Retirement: Why it may not always be the wrong choice.

These days, it seems that those dispensing advice on retirement financing routinely sound off about the dreadful consequences of taking Social Security benefits at age 62–the earliest possible age to file. And it’s certainly true that filing at age 62 results…

No 401k? Don’t Give Up…You Still Have Options

The problem of inadequate wealth accumulation for one’s future retirement security is an issue appearing frequently–some would say constantly–in the financial media these days. You’ve no doubt seen the statistics, like the National Institute on Retirement Security’s conclusion that  66% of people…

Social Security’s Infamous “Earnings Test”

Investment News Contributing Editor Mary Beth Franklin, in a post on www.investmentnews.com, takes an in-depth look at one of the components of Social Security that surprises–and causes some level of heartburn for–folks planning to retire before their full retirement age and…

Your Retirement Age…Don’t Believe What You Hear

When you make it known that you are thinking about retirement, there are often two sources of “expert” advice about Social Security that quickly become available…your neighbor on the left and your neighbor on the right. And these sources usually come equipped…

COLA added 46% to your benefit. How’s that working for you?

Social Security’s annual Cost Of Living Adjustment, or COLA, has boosted your monthly benefit amount by 46% since the year 2000.  COLA, of course, is Social Security’s way of making your benefit payment keep pace with inflation, but unfortunately most…

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