Over Half of Americans Are Making a Huge Social Security Mistake - AMAC & The Motley Fool
It’s a scary but accurate headline. Christy Bieber of The Motley Fool notes far too many people leave the workforce and claim Social Security benefits for the wrong reason. Bieber cites research from the Schroders Global Investor Study that found 51% of Americans indicated reaching the age of Social Security eligibility would prompt them to retire, compared to just 4% who said they’d leave the workforce as a result of hitting their financial targets for their nest egg. She notes two big problems with this approach, both of which can leave seniors much worse off than they’d be if they made different choices. One is you cannot live on Social Security alone, and two, claiming before full retirement age (now 67) means a monthly benefit reduction for life. Full article here.
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