For more than half of Americans, Social Security will be providing more than half of their retirement income.
Since Social Security is a government program available to the vast majority of Americans, you’d think there would be no secrets to “game” the system, no tips or tricks that could result in bigger monthly checks.
But there are things you can do to squeeze more out of the Social Security program, especially if you have a spouse who’s also eligible for benefits. Claiming at the right time, for example, can lead to tens of thousands of dollars more over your lifetime.
In this week’s “Money!” podcast, we’re going to explore techniques to maximize your Social Security.
As usual, I share the broadcast booth with longtime financial journalist and fellow podcaster Miranda Marquit. Joining us this week is Jeff Miller, founder of Social Security Choices, a company providing personalized reports to help consumers decide when to claim Social Security to maximize lifetime income.
Sit back, relax and listen to this week’s “Money!” podcast!
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Want more information? Check out these resources:
- Social Security Choices (Jeff’s company — use code “moneytalks” for a $10 discount on a personalized analysis of claiming strategies)
- SocialSecurity.gov/MyStatement (where to find your Social Security statements)
- “9 Social Security Terms Everyone Should Know“
- “12 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Checks“
- A Simple Way to Maximize Your Social Security
- Money Talks News’ newsletter
- The Only Retirement Guide You’ll Ever Need
I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and I have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.
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