Author: Russell Settle
Russell Settle on September 3, 2020
A couple were unaware of their right to a bigger benefit. Can they ask for a do-over?
Russell Settle on August 13, 2020
Different rules for claiming apply, depending on the year you were born.
Russell Settle on August 6, 2020
Your birthdate determines whether you can use a lucrative Social Security strategy.
Russell Settle on July 9, 2020
Making the wrong decision can prove costly.
Russell Settle on June 11, 2020
A reader wonders if the Social Security earnings test will help or hurt her benefits payment.
Russell Settle on June 4, 2020
This week’s question underscores how asking for a little help can put more money in your pocket.
Russell Settle on May 21, 2020
Some people say it doesn’t matter at what age you decide to claim. They are wrong.
Russell Settle on May 14, 2020
A Social Security representative breaks some bad news. But is he telling the truth?
Russell Settle on May 7, 2020
It’s important to think about survivor’s benefits before deciding when to claim Social Security.
Russell Settle on April 9, 2020
A woman hopes to squeeze the most out of her spousal benefit.
Russell Settle on March 15, 2020
An unsparing provision might strip a woman of her spousal benefit.
Russell Settle on February 20, 2020
Being divorced has some advantages when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits.
Russell Settle on January 26, 2020
A reader says the government is penalizing him for having a pension. Is he right?
Russell Settle on December 29, 2019
A man wonders if his ex-wife will siphon away his Social Security benefit.
Russell Settle on December 12, 2019
Your self-discipline in not uttering three little words helps determine whether you can use a key claiming strategy.
Russell Settle on November 21, 2019
A husband and wife want to get creative with how they claim Social Security retirement benefits. Can they do so?
Russell Settle on November 7, 2019
Grabbing benefits earlier can make sense — but you’ll pay a price.
Russell Settle on October 27, 2019
Social Security rules can be confusing. A little inexpensive help can straighten things out.
Russell Settle on October 3, 2019
Making decisions about Social Security often becomes a two-person affair.
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