Articles Tagged with Social Security

old-age-164760_640-300x200“The federal government ushered in a slew of progressive programs during the Great Depression with the aim of helping the most downtrodden Americans. Few of these programs have held the progressive banner higher than Social Security.”

Social Security was created to ensure that Americans with low lifetime incomes would have an adequate retirement income, so aging Americans would not live in dire poverty. Continue reading

MP900442402-300x200“Losing one’s spouse is one of life’s most difficult and overwhelming experiences. Claiming Social Security survivor benefits apparently ranks as a close second, based on a frantic phone call I received from a close friend this week.”

A friend who was unexpectedly widowed, when her husband died at age 44 of a massive heart attack, was left with a toddler, a teenager, too little life insurance and household income that had been cut in half. She managed, as reported in Investment News’ article “Inaccurate info from Social Security Administration a challenge for widows,” in part thanks to Social Security. Continue reading

bigstock-Senior-Couple-8161132-1-300x208“Women who retire when their husbands do, may be giving up more wealth than they realize.”

Women in their 50s and 60s are in their peak earnings years, while their male counterparts are usually on the decline, according to an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. The associate professor is the author of a recent study about couple’s incomes and retirement patterns. As a result, reports The Berkshire Eagle in the article “Women who retire with their husbands can lose out,” women sacrifice more Social Security wealth than married men, when they retire early. Continue reading

bankrupt-2922154_640-1-300x225“According to U.S. Bankruptcy Court data, 819,159 people filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Although that is down 6.9 percent from 2015, Debt.org reports that people 55 and older account for 20% of those filings, a number that has doubled among seniors since 1994.”

Overall, personal bankruptcies are on the decline.  However, the number of seniors filing for bankruptcy has reached record numbers. That is a terrible thing to have to face in your later years. According to the article “Planning key to avoid becoming a bankruptcy statistic in retirement” from nwi.com, this unpleasant fate can be avoided. However, it takes early planning. Continue reading

thinking-about-the-time-1316649-640x480-300x225“While a longer life is a good thing, it will also present challenges – and unfortunately, sometimes financial predators.”

The prospect of a long, healthy and active life is a wonderful thing to consider. However, one in 10 seniors have suffered financial abuse, according to The Kansas City Star’s article “Five ways to avoid elder financial abuse.” The grandson of Brooke Astor spoke at a conference about how his grandmother’s last years were spent living in squalor, as a result of her son and guardian stealing from the estate and cutting the amount of money available for her care. The grandson and his brother sued their father to protect their beloved grandmother, a leading philanthropist and one of New York’s high-profile society figures.

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time“Though retirement can be a fulfilling time in people’s lives, it can also be a stressful one. This especially holds true, if you fall victim to the following mistakes, so be sure to avoid them at all costs.”

Most people spend their entire working lives dreaming of retirement. However, when they get there, it’s a new and strange world without fixed schedules or routines. If you make any of these mistakes, reports The Motley Fool in the article “4 Retirement Planning Mistakes You Probably Don’t Even Realize You’re Making,” you might be surprised to find yourself working again! Continue reading

pexels-photo-796606-300x194The 50s are the time of life when your kids are starting to become more independent and may have already moved out. If that’s true, you may have a little more disposable income. That presents a good opportunity to ramp up your retirement savings, advises Sioux City Journal in the article “In Your 50s? Do These 3 Things to Plan for Your Retirement.” Continue reading

money-finance-wealth-currency-68148-300x228Retirement is a balance between enjoying your golden years, taking good care of your health and balancing your finances, so you don’t run out of income too early. However, as reported by MD Magazine in the recent article “Four Big Retirement Threats and How to Protect Yourself,” there are challenges ahead, some of which you can control, others requiring preparation. Continue reading

old-people-couple-together-connected-300x198Losing a spouse at any time in life is difficult. However, losing a spouse while you are retired also presents some serious financial challenges. A recent article in Kiplinger, “Maximize Social Security benefits for surviving spouses,” explores the steps that a surviving spouse can take to make sure she is are receiving the most Social Security benefits possible. There’s a right way and several wrong ways to do this.

If you are widowed before claiming Social Security benefits, there are options to maximize Social Security payments by coordinating the timing of claims and survivor benefits. Continue reading