Social Security accounts for an average of 40% of people’s retirement income, and yet most people don’t know how the complex rules affect the amount you receive. According to David Giertz, the President Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution organization, “Those that turn on Social Security too early, they could lose up to $300,000 over 25 years.” Financial Advisors should be talking to their clients regarding social security.
In a study conducted by Nationwide Retirement Institute, they divided 900 people over the age of 50 into three categories, future retirees (people planning to retire within 10 years), recent retirees (people retired less than 10 years) and people that have been retired for over 10 years. 86% of the future retirees failed to determine the amount of benefits they would actually receive. The biggest misconception dealt with the age the person chose to begin collecting.
Although benefits are available at the age of 62, you will receive a lower payment if you start collecting before what they consider to be the full retirement age which varies between 65 and 67 depending on your date of birth. If you also choose to continue to work while you collect you could have to pay taxes on that income. Where as any income earned after you reach the full retirement age won’t be held against you.
Many people don’t have the option to wait past 62 to start collecting, either due to lack of savings, or unforeseen health costs or problems. 37% of the retirees in the study confirmed that health problems were the main reason they are not living the retirement that had initially envisioned. If you are able to wait, maximizing your Social Security is one way to help increase your retirement income. In fact, if you are able to wait to take your benefits until your full retirement age they grow by 8 percent of the full retirement amount each year.https://www.moneytips.com/insurance-agents/david-giertz-1
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