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Social Security as Longevity Insurance

Most people look at the benefits they would receive today when making their decision about when to begin receiving their Social Security. They also underestimate how long they may live unless they already have medical issues that are known to reduce longevity. These two impulses cause many couples to begin their benefits too early which […]

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Will working longer, or part time, increase, or decrease, my Social Security benefit?

Most people don’t know how their Social Security benefit is determined. Being unaware leads to this very common question – Will working longer increase, or decrease my Social Security benefit?   Working longer, even part time, will NOT reduce your benefit. And in some cases, may increase your benefit. The below short article explains in […]

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Social Security, Divorce, Remarriage, Survivor – confused yet?

When it comes to Social Security, divorce, remarriage and/or being a survivor of any spouse may get confusing. You’ve had a complicated life – what do you do when it comes to Social Security? Workers generally receive their own benefit based on their own work record IF that benefit is higher. Spouses may receive a spousal […]

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Federal employee pensions and Social Security confusion

There can be confusion about Federal Employees and Social Security about CSRS, FERS, and something called “CSRS offset.” Let’s see how these federal retirement plans interact with Social Security. The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) was enacted in 1920 to give federal employees pension benefits at retirement. When the Social Security Act was passed in 1935, […]

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When does the family maximum apply to Social Security?

Social Security does have a maximum payout called the Family Maximum. It may apply to families who are retired, family survivors, and families of a disabled person receiving benefits. There is a formula for the benefit which is complicated. Your Social Security statement specifies what the maximum benefit may be. The values the formula uses […]

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How might you replace lost income as a survivor?

Most people don’t realize (or do, but don’t plan for it) that, as a couple, there is lost income from Social Security automatically built in. I discussed examples in a post titled “Social Security and Survivor Considerations.” In this post, the question is … How much money* is needed to replace that lost income? First, the […]

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Already receiving Social Security – you might need a check up!

Security Planning isn’t just for people who haven’t claimed yet. People who are already receiving Social Security often forget about other benefits they may be entitled to after having filed. The wise owl circles back to review things they’ve done in the past to be sure something wasn’t forgotten! This is not second guessing – it […]

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Social Security and Survivor Considerations

Did you know that Social Security for couples has a built in pay cut for survivors? How does that happen? Retirement has three basic phases for couples: Phase 1: Both are here – Retirement Plan. Phase 2: One is here as the survivor – Survivor Plan. Phase 3: Neither are here – Estate Plan. Most couples […]

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Who benefits when Social Security changed?

Changes needed for Social Security to be better funded often ignore a simple point – who benefits from the change? Short answer – anything done, to improve funding, benefits our children and grandchildren. Social Security is a multi-generational program … people forget this when they view it as a government program and mentally picture government (bad) […]

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What is expected longevity? And why should you care?

I’ve noticed over the many years I’ve been in practice, in general, a common phenomenon about how long people think they’ll live. This comes to mind when thinking about retirement, either before retirement or in retirement. To what age do you think you will live? Try it … answer this question yourself before you read […]

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