I read the following article this last week. I thought it was interesting and I thought that you might be interested in the results for California which I'll reproduce below: … [Read more...]
The $131.8 Million Social Security Administration Mistake You Won’t Believe
I'm always on the lookout for interesting articles related to Social Security. Recently I ran across this one which didn't surprise me but did sadden me as it relates to Social Security advice from SSA. The article content is reproduced below: … [Read more...]
Complete Online Social Security Enrollment Walk Through – Live Video
Earlier this week, I had the treat of being a part of an online webinar demonstration of the head of the National Social Security Advisor organization, Marc Kiner, walking through, live, the online application for Social Security benefits. … [Read more...]
Three Tools We Use to Construct Our Retirement Blueprint
I have always liked the metaphor of building a house for the process of planning for retirement. We would never think of constructing something as complicated and expensive as a home without first drafting a blueprint. The blueprint envisions every detail of the home in advance of construction. The blueprint allows for modifications instead of expensive change orders. It also allows the expertise of an architect in working with the potential homeowner and builder. It should … [Read more...]
What are Required Minimum Distributions?
I receive a lot of questions during the year from my clients and others about required minimum distributions. In this article I want to explain what they are and how they work. The idea behind a required minimum distribution is to take a dollar that has never been taxed in the past and subject it to taxation. Dollars that have never been taxed in the past are those that have been contributed to 401(k) and IRA accounts. In addition, the growth of these accounts have never been taxed … [Read more...]
Are my Social Security benefits taxable?
I often get questions about the tax consequences of Social Security benefits. Whether or not Social Security benefits will be taxed depends on a concept called Provisional Income, which was created by the IRS. Provisional Income combines an individual's adjusted gross income, half of their Social Security benefits, and any tax-exempt interest. Depending on the total amount of Provisional Income for the year, Social Security benefits may be subject to taxation at the federal … [Read more...]
Access Maximizing Social Security Videos 24/7
I'm excited that I recently completed the recording of a condensed version of our Maximizing Social Security course into 12 easily digestible video snippets. If you need either education or a refresher on aspects of the Social Security system, such as the different types of benefits, the taxation of Social Security, the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset, or maximization strategies, you can easily access them, or share them with a friend. … [Read more...]
Don’t confuse delaying Social Security with having to work longer
If you've been to any of my Maximizing Social Security courses, you probably understand that I think that delaying Social Security at least for one spouse makes a lot of sense. Ideally if a spouse can delay their own Social Security until age 70, it will provide maximum payments for them and the subsequent surviving spouse and put less pressure on the investment portfolio to deliver results year in and year out. … [Read more...]
How can I improve my own Social Security benefit?
As you approach retirement, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to increase and improve your own Social Security benefit, but they still exist. The benefit amount of the Social Security benefit for your own working record is based on a complex formula that takes the highest 35 years of your work history. Therefore, the easiest way to increase your own Social Security benefit is to maximize these 35 years. If you are an individual who has not worked in the Social Security … [Read more...]
How to protect yourself from the upcoming stock market correction
Since March 2009 the stock market has been on a perpetual rally.The price of the S&P 500 has more than quadrupled. It leaves many to wonder how long this bull market will last. Many can still remember the go-go 90s, an entire decade of unsurpassed stock market performance each year which just seemed to go higher and higher. They also remember the corrections of 2000-2003 and 2008 as well... where they gave back much of the previous gains they had enjoyed. The year 2000 to the year … [Read more...]
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