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5 Things Same-Sex Couples Need To Know About Social Security

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty

Until the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages, Social Security was a crapshoot for gay couples. The Soci...

Social Security Questions: Where Can You Get Good Advice?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

I don't believe that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is out to intentionally mislead us, but the system is extraordinarily complicated. And of course it's always possible that an agent will misinterpret your question or even make a mistake.

5 Ways Women Are Getting Screwed In Retirement

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.10.2015 | Fifty

The pay gender gap lives on, even in retirement. Here are five ways women get screwed in retirement -- and some tips about how to lessen the sting. ...

The Extinction of the American Dream

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

The poor are confronted with two choices: stay poor or get poorer. Here's why the American Dream is a continuing nightmare for so many.

How Well Do Individuals Understand Social Security (And Its Overseas Counterparts)?

David H. Bailey | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
David H. Bailey

Given the disappointing performance of most 401(k) accounts, the Pension Research Council estimates that more than half of U.S. retirees will rely on Social Security for more than 50 percent of their total income.

Can You Pass This Very Basic Test About Social Security?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Fifty

Despite Social Security being the backbone of most Americans' retirement, we have a tremendous lack of basic knowledge about the program and its benef...

5 Social Security Tips To Get Ahead Of The Game

Michael Lazar | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

Social Security can be a confusing system to understand. We'll help you make more sense of your options with these five helpful tips. A lot of peop...

Divorced? You May Be Able To Tap Your Ex's Social Security Benefit

Buck Wargo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

You may not have spoken to your ex-spouse in a decade (and have no interest in doing so!) but, even 10 years or more after your divorce, you could actually benefit from it financially. And most people don't even know it.

Social Security Offers Lump Sum Payouts to Retirees

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually two different kinds of Social Security claiming strategies that can provide retirees a big lump-sum benefit, but you need to be past full retirement age to be eligible, and there are financial drawbacks you need to be aware of too.

Ryan Grim

Social Security Fight Heats Up In Maryland Senate Race | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a good thing Chris Van Hollen showed up. At a press conference Wednesday, Van Hollen, a House Democrat running for U.S. Senate in...

Sen. Sanders' Bold Plan to Expand Social Security

Ben Veghte | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Last week U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the Social Security Expansion Act, a plan to both ensure greater retirement security for today's workers and retirees and strengthen Social Security's finances over the long term. It achieves these goals in large part by reforming Social Security to better come to terms with higher levels of inequality.

The Money You and Loved Ones May Be Leaving on the Table

Paul Solman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Paul Solman

The Social Security system is what it is: a maddeningly complex legal puzzle that's impossible to solve without help. The choices you choose to make about benefits are up to you. But I figure at least we all ought to know them.

Five Facts You May Not Know About Retirement Income... But Should

Jacob Gold | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Jacob Gold

As retirement gets closer, many people begin to worry about how they will find the funds they need to replace their paychecks after they've stopped working. What will serve as their income? Will they have enough to live on day-to-day? Will their money last long enough?

When I Retire Will My Social Security Be Reduced Because of Student Loans?

Steve Rhode | Posted 03.29.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

I am 63 and was wondering if the consolidation loans are not paid off by the time I reach my full Social Security age (66), will it affect the amount of Social Security I receive?

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul: Disability Insurance Wasted On People With Anxiety And Back Pain | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday began a two-day tour through New Hampshire, the first Republican primary state, where where he offered up a heap o...

Social Security Administration Must Expedite Approval of Disability Claims for Patients with IBD

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

The White House must urge the Social Security Administration to convene a hearing to add inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, to its Compassionate Allowance initiative in order to expedite the approval of critical government assistance for patients living with these incurable digestive diseases.

How Working Past Age 65 Can Hurt Your Finances

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Money
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Continuing to work past age 65 might initially appear to be a no-brainer, but it's important to know all the facts and how these will impact your individual situation before you make this important decision.

Some Immigrants Eligible For Social Security Under Obama Immigration Executive Order

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions wou...

Matt Sledge

GOP Senate Candidate Says Poor People Can Just Retire Early If Social Security Age Rises | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bill Cassidy, the Republican challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), suggested during a debate Wednesday that residents of a des...

Another Year, Another Small Social Security Bump

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historicall...

Obama Announcing Tightened Security For Cards Carrying Federal Benefits

AP | MARCY GORDON and JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan t...

Ann Brenoff

7 Ways You May Be Unwittingly Sabotaging Your Retirement | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty

OK, nobody is expecting to have the kind of retirement that our parents had. But there are some things we are doing now that may actually hurt our re...

What Your Retirement Plan Needs More Than Money

Buck Wargo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

With all the talk about retirement, the national focus is on how much to stash away in your 401(k) and IRA and when you should leave your job and start taking Social Security benefits. That's all crucial, but what people are forgetting is what they want to be and do when they grow up.

Congressman John Larson's Important Plan to Expand Social Security

Eric Kingson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Eric Kingson

In the last month alone, three bills expanding Social Security have been introduced. The three add to a growing number which see Social Security as the solution to a looming retirement income crisis.

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It Is Bad for Workers and Retirees

Karen Friedman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
Karen Friedman

When policymakers shape legislation to expand retirement savings and pension coverage, it's important for them to know the truth about how much Social Security provides, which isn't a lot.