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Can You Confirm That My Plan Is Valid?

Can you confirm that my plan is valid: My wife earned a lot less than me over our lifetimes, so my plan is for her to claim HER benefit at 62 while I continue to work. Then when I claim at either 67 or later, she will step up to a spousal benefit of 1/2 mine. But I don't see any downside to her taking HER benefit for those 5 years+ until I claim mine. Correct?

Friday, November 25, 2022 - 13:12

Is This Correct?

Hi - thank you for prior answers. I'm trying to understand if this is correct, husband and wife are both FRA 67, husbands FRA PIA 2600/m, wife 1000/m. If he waits to 70 with DRC add to $3224 form him, and $1240 for wife. However, for her 50% on His PIA FRA is 1300, will she receive what is hers 1240 or will she brought into 1300? 1240 hers 60 residual spousal. Thank you

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 18:07

Has Anyone Done An NPV On Taking SS At FRA vs. Age 70?

Have read your book 'Money Magic', contacted you about it. Just signed up for MaxiFi. What is your opinion of taking SS at FRA vs waiting until 70? Understand more $$ if waiting, live a longer life, etc. But getting $$ when younger/healthier/etc. Has anyone done an NPV on taking SS at FRA vs waiting until 70? Then investing SS benefit, getting modest returns (4-5%)? Spouse and I always planned on waiting until 70. Is that a good strategy? Mark

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 12:43

Is There Any Advantage To Starting Benefits At Age 69 Instead Of 70 Due To The New COLA?

I will be 69 in a week (Oct. 2022) and have been intending to wait until age 70 to collect my monthly SS benefits to get the annual 8% after my full retirement age of 66. With the new COLA of 8.7% is there any benefit to starting benefits at 69 rather than waiting till age 70?

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 16:37

Is It Correct That I Need To Wait Until My Full Retirement Age To Get My Husband's Full Amount?

Hi Larry, I read Money Magic -it’s fantastic.
I know you have said before that you can’t rely on the staff at the social security office. I became a widow at age 53. My husband was 52. I will be turning 64 next month. It is my understanding I have two options:

1. Claim on my husbands account first -then I could switch to claim on my account at 70

2. Claim my social security early -and switch to my late husbands social security at my full retirement age 66 and & months. . Social security told me I’d get the full amount if I took it at 65.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 12:20

If My Wife Files For Her Benefits At Age 62 Will She Be Eligible For 50% Of My Benefit When I Begin Receiving My Benefits?

I recently re-married and my new wife turns 62 in February of 2023. She is considering collecting SSA at that time. Is she eligible to receive 50% of my benefit when I begin receiving my full time benefit in September of 2023?

Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 13:17

Should I Wait Until 2023 To Apply For Benefits In Order To Get Credit For My 2022 Earnings?

Larry, I am retirement age. I was laid off my job 9/22/22. I received a Severance package. I would like to apply for social security benefits. However, I was thinking I should wait until may February of 2023 to do so. My question is, will benefit me to wait until my salary for 2022 is reported to social security since I'm assuming the severance pay will bump up my salary for 2022 therefore make perhaps my social security benefit a little higher.

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 07:35

Should I File For Retroactive Benefits Or Will That Have A Negative Effect On My Future Benefits?


I am 67 years old (born in Feb 1955) waiting for my husband’s spousal benefits. We are debating whether to wait for 5 months for an increase of $100/mo in his benefits or waiting one and a half years for an increase of $300/mo.

I want to claim my retirement benefits immediately, before my spouse files for retirement benefits and I am deemed. My retirement payment will be less than $200/mo.

Can I file for retroactive retirement benefits or will taking retroactive benefits have a negative effect on my future benefits?

Monday, September 26, 2022 - 14:40

Should I Switch To My Own Benefits Now So That I Can Collect The Upcoming COLA?

I'm 69 and am deferring Social Security based on my own earnings. However I'm receiving spousal benefits based on my husband's record and plan to switch at age 70. Does it make sense to switch to my own benefit now and collect the proposed 8.7 percent COLA increase in January since that's more than the 8 percent I earn by waiting?

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 13:40
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