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Social Security Filing Frustrations

The wrong filing decision can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lost income over the decades you will spend in retirement. Be sure you get this right.

Social Security Claiming Changes Justified?

After more than a month of working with congressional staffers, Social Security has issued guidance on the strategies that married couples can use when filing for retirement benefits. Changes aimed at closing so-called “unintentional Social Security loopholes” were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act passed in early November.

An Ironic Shift in Shopper Sentiment

Many Americans now think it is riskier to make a credit card transaction at a brick-and-mortar retailer than via the internet, a smartphone or a tablet.  

Retirees Get Relief from Medicare Sticker Shock

The recently-enacted 2016 budget act took away some popular Social Security claiming strategies but it gave seniors a reprieve from as much as a 50% increase in their Medicare Part B premiums next year.

Earning Social Security on the Battlefield and the Home Front

To be entitled to a retirement benefit, soldiers have to meet the same minimum requirements as civilian workers: They must have earned at least 40 Social Security “credits” and be at least age 62. Spousal and family benefits also apply.