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Will the 2.8% COLA make a difference for you?

On the heels of the announcement that Social Security recipients will get a 2.8% raise in 2019, this Motley Fool article by Maurie Backman explains what that increase means to the average beneficiary, but also reveals that Social Security shouldn’t be…

Avoiding poverty in retirement

No question about it, the announcement that Social Security checks will be 2.8% bigger in 2019 is good news for America’s seniors. But will that average $39 per month increase be the difference that keeps you above the national “poverty…

Social Security stories from an expert

In this edition of Kiplinger.com, Nancy Fleming – a Certified Financial Planner – shares some stories about people she has counseled on Social Security matters. There are a wide variety of Social Security scenarios she relates on topics such as…

Claiming Social Security at 62 can be the right choice

Many Social Security Advisors and Financial Consultants will suggest you delay applying for your Social Security benefits as long as possible because your benefit amount will continue to grow until you are 70 years of age. But there are certain…

Filing for Social Security online is easy, even a “restricted application”

Perhaps a trip to your local, usually crowded Social Security office to wait your turn in the queue isn’t high on your list of favorite things to do. Sometimes, even calling Social Security can require you to exercise controlled patience with a possible…

How to make the most of your 2019 COLA increase

The recently announced COLA increase means that the average beneficiary will be getting about $39 per month ($468 per year) more than they are getting this year. That number varies, of course, based upon whether your actual benefit is less…

What will your 2019 Social Security benefit be?

If you follow the news, by now you know that the Social Security Administration just announced that all recipients will receive a 2.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) starting in 2019. But if you want to know how much that…

Getting Social Security before age 62

Age 62 is the “normal” eligibility age for those wishing to collect Social Security from a lifetime of working, or for the spouse of an eligible retireee. That would be considered “early retirement”, because Social Security’s full retirement age is between 66…

Should a mortgage be paid off when retiring?

Home ownership, of course, is an American dream. But it usually means a debt lasting as much as 30 years, which can often extend into your so-called golden years. While everyone’s goal would be to enter retirement debt-free, the reality…

COLA and the Medicare premium increase: Good news and bad news

Along with the “good news” announcement that Social Security recipients will be getting a 2.8% COLA increase in 2019, comes a “bad news” announcement that the Medicare Part B premium, which is deducted from the Social Security payment to about 70%…

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