February 21, 2020

When the unthinkable happens and one spouse dies, Social Security provides a benefit, commonly referred to as the widow’s benefit, to the survivor.  Why is the survivor benefit referred to as ‘widow’s’ benefit?  Simply put, approximately 80% of the individuals receiving survivor benefits are women.  Decisions about how long to work and wh...

November 26, 2018

Saving for retirement can seem like an enormous task, especially when you fall behind. The temptation can be to take on additional risk to make up the difference. However, instead of betting on higher returns, it is better to control the things you can have an impact on. Here are some of the best strategies for ensuring you have enough in...

October 8, 2018

Similar to periodically reviewing your credit report, it’s a good idea to check in on your Social Security benefits at least once a year, particularly as you near retirement. There are two main reasons to review your Social Security statement. The first is that the Social Security Administration wants to make sure that they are correctly...

July 30, 2018

When it comes to taking social security, there are a few benefits you should be aware of, including those extended to spouses. In 1939, the Social Security Administration changed the way benefits are offered to better provide for families. One of those changes was the creation of what is known as “spousal benefits.” This benefit allows sp...

July 16, 2018

Filing for social security too early is one of the biggest mistakes that retirees make. While applying for benefits early is tempting due to the prospect of receiving a little extra cash sooner, taking social security early also results in reduced benefits for the rest of your life. Should you wait? It depends, and the final decision shou...

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