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What Happens if You Claim Social Security at 70?
March 21, 2022

While we tend to think of age 65 as a good starting point for retirement – probably due to Medicare eligibility, which begins at 65 – the truth is that not everyone is ready to retire at the same time. Some of us want or need to retire earlier, whereas…

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9 Surprising Facts About Social Security
February 14, 2022

Most of us assume that Social Security benefits will comprise a significant portion of our retirement income. But despite the inevitable reliance on the program, we don’t often know much about how it works! Case in point: MassMutual recently offered a quick, twelve-question quiz to assess Social Security knowledge in…

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5 Questions to Ask Before Filing for Social Security
December 5, 2021

Some people can’t wait to retire. Others don’t have much choice, as illness, unemployment, or other circumstances force them to stop working. And still others feel tempted to go ahead and claim Social Security while they’re still working. But before you make any big (and usually permanent) decisions, ask yourself…

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Will Rising Prices Spur a Cost of Living Increase for Social Security Beneficiaries?
July 19, 2021

As we’ve kept our finger on the pulse of the economy over the past year, we’ve continued to hear a common complaint: The prices of gas, food, and other essentials seem to be rising more quickly than usual. Indeed, data from the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, is currently…

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7 Reasons Your Social Security Checks Could Be Reduced
July 20, 2020

Once you retire and claim your Social Security benefits, you expect to receive every penny due to you. Usually things go off without a hitch, but sometimes retirees find themselves surprised by a reduction in their benefits. As you continue to plan for retirement, keep these things in mind so…

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Coronavirus and Your Future Social Security Benefits
May 18, 2020

As we all continue to gauge the impact of coronavirus upon the national and global economies, some analysts are looking forward to the more distant future. While it’s difficult to predict everything down to the last dollar, it is looking like we may continue to see economic impacts for a…

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3 Things Everyone Should Know About Social Security Benefits
February 17, 2020

Social Security will become an important part of your retirement income someday. But do you actually know how benefits are calculated, or which type of benefits are available to you? It’s a complex system, so it’s normal to feel overwhelmed… But at the very least, everyone should know these three…

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Women May Face a Disadvantage with Social Security
May 8, 2019

Planning for retirement requires us to take our individual financial situations into account, and balance those with our goals and budgetary needs in the future. So it isn’t difficult to imagine that retirement planning involves different questions and answers for each of us. In many cases, we confront another variable…

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What’s Going On With Social Security?
April 2, 2019

As you look forward to retirement, you probably assume (as many people do) that Social Security will comprise a portion of your future income. After all, you’ve been paying into the system all these years. On the other hand, you might have heard the news reports, political debates, and rumors…

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Is There a Downside to a Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment?
November 13, 2018

We were all pleased to hear the news of a Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) last month. Those currently drawing Social Security benefits will receive a 2.8 percent increase in their payments, beginning in January. For those still planning for retirement, it’s encouraging to see that benefits will…

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