Your Plan A And Plan B

Develop a robust financial plan for retirement—and a Plan B. getty There are so many books, articles, podcasts, and shows about planning for retirement that it might seem overwhelming to you. With so much information coming at you, it’s possible to lose sight of your overall strategy and not see the forest for the trees.…

In What Month Does Social Security Consider Me To Be 62?

Ask Larry Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about how and when Social Security determines someone to have turned 62, filing for retirement benefits at FRA before later spousal benefits and retroactive retirement benefits before survivor’s benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and…

Social Security Won’t Go Totally Broke

Understand how Social Security is financed; plan your retirement and vote accordingly! getty It’s time for the annual ritual of understanding and interpreting the Social Security trustees’ report. The 2022 report analyzes and summarizes the latest actuarial status of the trust funds that support Social Security’s retirement and disability programs, as well as the fund…

Can I Qualify For Spousal Benefits?

Ask Larry Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about how and when spousal benefits can be available for each spouse in turn, drawing divorced spousal benefits with multiple exes and when first payments can be expected. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president…

Will Hordes Of Poor Seniors Overwhelm Government Welfare Programs?

The editors of Bloomberg recently published a series of editorials on America’s impending “retirement crisis,” which they assert could “under reasonable assumptions … overwhelm state budgets across the country” as impoverished seniors increasingly rely on government handouts to survive. Scary stuff, if true. In fact, the assumptions driving these frigthening claims are anything but reasonable.…

Is My Full Retirement Age Earlier Since I’m Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Ask Larry Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about whether survivor’s benefits reduce full retirement age for all benefits and the earnings test, earning more or paying more to increase benefits and the earnings test and survivor’s benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder…