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Putting the hoopla to rest that Social Security is going away

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

April 23rd we get the new numbers on the funding status on the Social Security Trust Fund. As we have reported, the “sky is not falling.” This article predicts rosier news from Trustees on the funding status. The media has confused a lot of people into thinking taking benefits as early as possible is smart. The system [...]

Perspective on the Funding of SS from an expert

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

More context on the recent funding report on Social Security – attached is a report by Alicia Munnell. I have a lot of respect for her research. If you are interested in details of the funding, it is worth skimming. However, I cut and paste the 2 most important take-aways: “The program faces a manageable financing [...]

Meyer quoted on CBS MarketWatch

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Finding patience in a firestorm is very hard…I’m quoted in an article today about Social Security. The “story of the day” is the funding of the US entitlement programs. People, this is old news….nothing is really different. These results were expected by the specialists and experts running the program. Yes, the system will need to change. [...]

If You are Under 40, Do Not Bank on Social Security

By |2020-02-10T11:15:36-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Quoted in the Wall Street Journal – over the weekend I was quoted in the WSJ…I think the title of the article is funny. “If You’re Under 40, Don’t Bank on Social Security.” The key is that there is a lot of misinformation about impact if you are over 50…the bottom line is that if you [...]

More people have money fears

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Updated research – should you be scared? Ameriprise released a great research report that updates their findings from 2007…are you feeling worse off? The data says so. “In 2007, when the first survey was conducted, perceptions were fairly positive. For example, 51% of baby boomers were “very confident” of their ability to assure “a financially secure [...]

Focus in the right place to get more

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Will you receive more out of the system than you put in? – lots of banter about this article today, see below. Progressively more Americans will pull more money out of Social Security than they paid in. This is NOT new news, right! We know there are more people retiring than workers paying into the system. [...]

10 ideas to fix Social Security

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Attached below is a good article that talks about ways to fix Social Security. Note, there is enough money to pay 100% of benefits to future retirees for the next 20+ years. The system will need to change in the future since there are more Americans retiring. The questions is how to fix the system? Who will [...]

Why women are special

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

The last couple weeks, I have seen a lot more written about women. There was a big report presented to the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging the end of July. Here is the biggest take away: “Specifically, the participation rate for women in any type of plan, defined benefit or defined contribution, declined slightly from 87% [...]

The reason to take benefits early, emergencies and tragedies only!

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Do you really have to take your Social Security early? Below is an article from the New York Time that talks about some people being forced to take Social Security early. There are definitely a lot of instances where Americans are forced to take Social Security early…emergencies, tragedies, personal crises, etc. However, many people who feel [...]

Behavioral Biases in Selecting Social Security

By |2020-02-10T10:47:29-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

I was recently asked to provide a list of “biases” we observe related to how Americans view and start their Social Security benefits. I’m excited that “awareness” is growing about the positive impact of creating a smart strategy.  You will see some good research coming out in the this area using our work and evolving this [...]