How to make the most of your Social Security benefits

PlanStrongerTV™ hosted by David Holland, CPA, CFP® featured Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and president of Covisum in an episode titled, "How to Make the Most of Your Social Security Benefits." Watch it now.

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Posted in Claiming Strategies, Industry Advice, Social Security, Social Security Timing, Webcast, Social Security Benefits, Retirement Planning, video

New resources added to Social Security Timing

Our team cares about your business growth goals and we've been hard at work creating content and materials to help you along the way. We wanted to let you know about some new resources we've added to Social Security Timing

Social Security Timing is the trusted resource for thousands of advisors for quick, accurate, and easy Social Security strategy identification and comparison.

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Posted in Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Social Security Timing, Clients

Don't take our word for it... tools that will help you help your clients

By David Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF, AEP, Senior Financial Planner, REDW Stanley

One of the most significant financial decisions that an individual or couple makes in their financial lives relates to retirement income planning. It is always shocking to hear the number of people and families that put their retirement income at risk by claiming Social Security benefits without proper analysis and advice. As an advisor, it’s a tale we hear too often from clients – and frequently the

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Posted in SmartRisk, Social Security Timing, Tax Clarity, Testimonial

Is my pension covered or not covered?

By Keith McCullough, Director of Support Services

It’s not uncommon for a client come into your office and tell you that they have a pension from the military, or a government or teaching job. If you ask them if the pension is covered under Social Security or not you’ll likely get a blank stare. 

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Posted in Social Security, Social Security Timing, Social Security Administration, Social Security Benefits, Pension

Can I work and collect Social Security benefits?

By Keith McCullough, Director of Support Services

The better question would be, “What happens if I work while collecting a Social Security benefit?” The short answer is yes, a person can work and get Social Security benefits at the same time. But, if they are younger than the full retirement age, and they earn more than the yearly earnings limit, they may be subject to a reduced benefit. 

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Posted in Social Security, Social Security Timing, Social Security Benefits

Tax Implications of Filing for Social Security Benefits Early Versus Filing Late

By Keith McCullough, Director of Support Services

Many of us have heard someone say that Social Security is not going to be around much longer. There are claims that the Social Security Administration will run out of money and will not be able to pay out benefits. Along with those claims comes the suggestions that one should file for benefits as soon as possible. You know, “…it’s better to get a little something back considering you’ve paid into the system for all your working life.”

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Posted in Social Security, Social Security Timing, Tax, Tax Clarity

UPDATED: Cost of Living Adjustment

Last Friday, Social Security announced the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for benefits payable in 2018. Check out the fact sheet.

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Posted in COLA, Cost of Living Adjustment, Social Security Timing, Social Security Administration, SSA

Covisum Financial Planning

Posted on June 22, 2017

There's traditional financial planning... and there's Covisum financial planning. 

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Posted in SmartRisk, Social Security Timing, Software Programs, Tax Clarity, Training, Support, video

Live Software Demonstrations for Financial Advisors

Posted on June 12, 2017

Join us for a live demonstration of our software

Covisum provides financial advisors with software, training and support to deliver retirement income plans that improve the lives of clients by facilitating better retirement decisions. 

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Posted in Covisum Team, Social Security, Social Security Timing, Tax Clarity, Tax Map, Training, Support

Women & money: the retirement planning opportunity you may be missing

Posted on May 24, 2017

A new study reveals that although women are taking control of household finances, they’re unprepared to meet long-term financial goals and are not seeking financial planning advice.

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Posted in Retirement, Social Security, Social Security Timing, Tax Clarity, women in retirement