Social Security

  • Estimating Your Social Security Benefits

    Estimating your Social Security benefits is particularly important when you are planning for retirement, although you may be interested in estimating survivor benefits or disability benefits as well. When planning for retirement, you should neither overlook nor overstate the value of your Social Security benefits.
  • Social Security: What Should You Do at Age 62?

    Is 62 your lucky number? If you're eligible, that's the earliest age you can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits. If you decide to start collecting benefits before your full retirement age, you'll have company. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), approximately 71% of Americans elect to receive their Social Security benefits early.
  • How Secure Is Social Security?

    If you're retired or close to retiring, then you've probably got nothing to worry about — your Social Security benefits will likely be paid to you in the amount you've planned on (at least that's what most of the politicians say). But what about the rest of us?
  • Social Security Survivor Benefits

    Your family members may be eligible to receive survivor benefits if you worked, paid Social Security taxes, and earned enough work credits. The number of credits you need depends on your age when you die. The younger you are when you die, the fewer credits you'll need for survivor benefits.
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits

    Social Security was originally intended to provide older Americans with continuing income after retirement. Today, though the scope of Social Security has been widened to include survivor, disability, and other benefits, retirement benefits are still the cornerstone of the program.
  • Social Security Disability Benefits

    Like most people, you probably don't expect to become disabled. However, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), studies show that 1 in 4 of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before reaching full retirement age. (Source: SSA Publication 05-10029, Disability Benefits, August 2018) That's why it's important to understand what disability benefits you may be entitled to under Social Security.
  • Understanding Social Security

    Approximately 67 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2018) Although most people receiving Social Security are retired, you and your family members may be eligible for benefits at any age, depending on your circumstances.