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Rules About Retroactive Benefits Jun. 14, 2017

Social Security and You

Before I get to today's questions, all of which deal with claiming retroactive benefits, I must make... Read More

No Bonus for Vets May. 10, 2017

Social Security and You

I'm guessing there's something floating around on the internet giving veterans false hope that they ... Read More

My Apologies for Another Maximizing Column Apr. 26, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am 68 years old and retired. My wife is 60 and still working. When I was 66, my financial plann... Read More

Social Security Mailbag Miscellany Apr. 19, 2017

Social Security and You

Today's column won't focus on a single topic. Instead, I'll just reach into the mailbag (well, reall... Read More

Always Insist on Filing a Claim Apr. 12, 2017

Social Security and You

I'd like to think that when people email me questions, I give them correct answers with good advice.... Read More

Bucking the Trend -- Minimizing Our Social Security Mar. 29, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: My wife and I are both 62. My wife hasn't worked outside the home in many years. I am still worki... Read More

Gold-Digging Wives and Social Security Mar. 15, 2017

Social Security and You

After I published a recent column discussing possible Social Security reforms, lots of people wrote ... Read More

No Free Lunch in the Health Care System Mar. 10, 2017

Linda Chavez

The health care reform bill that has now passed two committee hurdles in the House still faces an up... Read More

Retiree With a Child Makes Age 62 an Attractive Starting Date Mar. 08, 2017

Social Security and You

Most people are correct to think that they will be ahead financially to wait until age 66, or maybe ... Read More

Social Security Retirement Benefits -- How They Are Figured Mar. 01, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am about to turn age 64. I have been laid off and do not think I will be able to find another j... Read More

More Questions About the Earnings Penalty Feb. 15, 2017

Social Security and You

In a recent column, I explained to readers who are under 66 and working how they could work with Soc... Read More

Don't Worry. Be Happy! It's Nickels and Dimes. Feb. 08, 2017

Social Security and You

I am always surprised at the number of people who are so darn intent on squeezing every last nickel ... Read More

Questions About SSI Benefits Jan. 18, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: You've written in past columns that the SSI program is not a Social Security benefit. But my sist... Read More

Americans Are No Longer on the Move Dec. 30, 2016

Michael Barone

Americans see themselves as people on the move. When the going gets tough or when opportunity beckon... Read More

Social Security's IOU Trust Fund Oct. 27, 2016

Veronique de Rugy

Social Security is the largest single program in the federal budget. The retirement and disability p... Read More

More Answers to Common Social Security Questions Oct. 26, 2016

Social Security and You

In last week's column, I tried to squeeze in as many concise answers as possible to some of the most... Read More

Commonly Asked Social Security Questions Oct. 19, 2016

Social Security and You

I've just looked back on my columns for the past several weeks and noticed I went off on some esoter... Read More

You Can Save Social Security! Oct. 05, 2016

Social Security and You

There is no question that as the tens of millions of working and tax-paying baby boomers retire and ... Read More

Solving Fiscal Crises Through Personal Ownership Oct. 05, 2016

Star Parker

I participated in a conference last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sponsored by the Western Michiga... Read More

What to Do About Social Security When Someone Dies Sep. 21, 2016

Social Security and You

Coincidentally, I received two questions on the same day dealing with the same topic. Each had a rel... Read More