Social Security Planning Should Be an Essential Part of Your Practice

Social Security Planning is Not Dead!

It’s a common misconception that Social Security planning is dead. Social Security is a completely unique retirement income stream. For those transitioning into retirement, as long as this system exists, a key question will be: “When should I take my Social Security benefits?” This means that as a financial planner, answering this question should be a critical part of your retirement income practice. 

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

CNBC: Get a bigger Check By Using These Social Security Claiming Strategies

Recently, CNBC highlighted some frequently overlooked Social Security claiming strategies. The article offered tips for filing and suspending based on spousal benefits and navigating the earnings penalty. In addition, Covisum President and Founder, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, offered this advice about canceling your Social Security payments:

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Posted in Social Security, Social Security Timing, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

Knowledge Base: Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Timing

Q: What are differences between Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO)?

A: While both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) are aimed at reducing Social Security benefits for people who receive a pension from work in which they did not pay into the Social Security system, they differ in who they affect and how they impact benefits. You can get more information about WEP and GPO here. 

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

CNBC: Your Social Security Check Could Be 2.8 Percent Bigger Next Year

A recent article from CNBC says Social Security checks will likely increase next year. A 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment has been estimated by The Senior Citizens League. If the estimate is correct, the increase will be the highest bump retirees have seen in recent years.

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Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

Social Security 'Break-Even' Calculations Can Be Misleading

According to CNBC, one key calculation to keep in mind, when deciding when to claim Social Security benefits, is the "breakeven point," or the point at which the amount you receive if you claim later equals the amount you would have received if you had started early. However, a few blind spots can create misleading results and lead you astray.

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Posted in Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

CNBC Highlights Social Security Calculator Options

Posted on June 28, 2018

A recent article from CNBC offered an analysis of a handful of Social Security calculators currently available to assist advisors and consumers with the best claiming strategy. The details surrounding Social Security benefits are extensive, and calculators help streamline the process. 

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Posted in Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

USA Today: Social Security Q&A

Posted on June 11, 2018

Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, was recently quoted in a Social Security Q&A in  USA Today

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Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits

CNBC explains the best age to claim Social Security

Posted on June 06, 2018

According to an article from CNBC, the best way to determine the optimal age to claim your Social Security benefits is by calculating when you would break even. The break even point is when the amount you receive if you claim later equals the amount you would have received if you had started early. Generally, the age range when an individual would break even is 77 to 83-years-old.  

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Posted in Benefits, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

Nationwide survey suggests many Americans have a poor understanding of Social Security

Posted on May 09, 2018

Results from a recent Harris Poll from the Nationwide Retirement Institute® suggest many Americans nearing retirement age lack sufficient understanding of their Social Security benefits.

InvestmentNews summarized the survey results.

Some of the key findings:

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Posted in Social Security, Social Security Benefits, Retirement Planning, FinancialPlannng

ThinkAdvisor: Covisum's advisor and quant discuss how to help married couples maximize their social security benefits

Posted on May 08, 2018

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic. Check out the most recent installment, "Social Security Timing: What couples should consider."

In this edition, we asked both Joe and Ron how a married couple should decide when to claim Social Security.

Joe's response included:

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Posted in Social Security Benefits, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant