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Social Security – by the numbers

Many of the numbers which affect Social Security have changed for 2018, such as your benefit amount from the 2% COLA increase, the payroll FICA tax cap, and the amount you can earn without penalty if you work while collecting Social…

Tips for succeeding with your Social Security disability claim

Losing your ability to work is certainly stressful enough, and it’s compounded by the loss of income.  So when if you’re applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you’re probably not wanting to hear that it could take 3…

Can you live on Social Security alone?

Social Security plays an essential role in the financial plan of nearly every American retiree. In fact, for about 64% of beneficiaries, Social Security represents at least 50% of their total annual income, and for some it represents more than…

Should you claim Social Security at age 62?

Deciding when to start your Social Security benefits is arguably the most important retirement decision you will make.  But should you claim benefits as soon as you are eligible at age 62, or should you wait until a later age…

When it comes to Social Security, know your numbers

If you’re approaching that magical age of 62 when you can first apply for Social Security, you should carefully evaluate whether it’s wise to start benefits as soon as you can, or to wait until your Social Security full retirement…

Simple guide on the ins and outs of Medicare

If you are one of the millions that become eligible for Medicare in 2018, it’s important to have the information you need to make smart decisions about your healthcare coverage. The article offers you a simple guide on the ins…

Should you be pessimistic or optimistic about retirement goal setting

In Bryon Moore’s advice column, he answers a reader’s question on setting some retirement goals and whether they should be pessimistic or optimistic about how things will go, both now and in retirement.  Read his column here… Notice: The link provided…

Will raising the Social Security age make a difference?

The current projections by the experts suggest that by the mid-2030s, Social Security will have a shortfall that leaves roughly a quarter of scheduled benefits unfunded.  A few lawmakers see raising the full retirement age for Social Security benefits as…

Can you live on your Social Security benefit?

The average monthly Social Security benefit ($1,404) it is not enough as your sole source of retirement income. The attached article explains for those who are planning to use Social Security to sustain them in retirement may be in for…

Mistakes you cannot avoid to make with Medicare

If you are like most seniors you rely on Medicare to cover their healthcare needs in retirement. But Medicare is not free and if you’re not careful you could end up spending far more on Medicare than what’s actually necessary.…

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