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03/09/2012 05:15 am ET

When To Start Tapping Social Security

(Reuters) - Unless you're exceptionally wealthy, your biggest financial risk in retirement is outliving your money. Experts agree the best defense is your Social Security benefit -- a stream of inflation-adjusted, government-backed income that lasts as long as you do and continues for your spouse's lifetime after you die.

"No other financial vehicle can match that combination," says James Mahaney, vice president of Prudential Financial.

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