Well some advisers might not be sure about how to optimize Social Security. For those advisers who are aware, they know there are basics to claiming strategies and that individual situations can make claiming a bit more complicated.
For example, there is even a special case where a person could end up claiming three (3) different benefits amounts through a well planned switching strategy if the different benefits align properly to do so (divorced-spouse survivor @60; switch to spousal benefit of new spouse (if married after 60) @66; then switch to own benefit @70 to maximize Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs). Yes, this would be a rare case, but an example of knowing how to put benefits together through strategy. It is more common for some couples for one spouse or the other to be able to claim two (2) different benefits through a switching strategy.
The advantage to claiming later are discussed briefly in this article When to Begin Social Security? Even Advisors Aren’t Sure By John Sullivan, AdvisorOne March 28, 2013 that apply for singles and couples. More importantly, by maximizing benefits for couples, either one as a survivor has also maximized their survivor benefit. Maximization takes the “stress” off a portfolio of having to support a higher income because a higher Social Security benefit means less income needs to come from your portfolio.
Simple, or complicated, it pays to take the time to carefully consider how to optimize these benefits. An adviser who knows how could bring in thousands more to your budget over your retired lifetime … those dollars require less to have to come from your portfolio, if you so wish, further helping your portfolio last at least as long as you do.
More blogs on Social Security with insights into possible strategies.
PS. David Blanchett mentioned in article linked to above is a collaborator on five of my research papers.
PPS. Make a note on your calendar to come back to my blog on August 14th when I have scheduled a blog on what you may consider if you, or someone you know, feels they started Social Security too early. (Yes, I pre-write and schedule many blogs ahead of time in order to have at least one weekly post for subscribers on one topic or another).