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Making Social Security Work For You

Mary Slattery calls bingo.The economic downturn has wiped out trillions of dollars in retirement savings.  Job loss, devalued homes, tight credit, and dwindling savings have prompted many who are eligible for Social Security to sign up earlier than they planned.  But claiming benefits early may not get you the maximum payout.  Learn strategies that could significantly increase your Social Security income for the rest of your life.  Meet one woman who increased her monthly benefits by 75 percent.  The recession has taken billions of dollars out of the Social Security system, too.  Will the system survive?  Find out what top analysts think should be done to save it.

Making Social Security Work For You

Family Stories

Mary Slattery

Mary Slattery

This shrewd senior found a way to increase her Social Security payments by $500 a month.

Audio Slideshow – Tim Moffatt

Audio Slideshow - Tim Moffatt

Before he retired, Tim Moffatt was a librarian and journalist. Now he calls himself a “yachtsman.” Moffatt moved onto a small sailboat in Olympia, Washington to make ends meet.

Expert Interviews

Alicia Munnell, Ph.D., Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

Alicia Munnell

Munnell, Director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, explains why future retirees will be getting less from Social Security and how 401(k) plans leave many financially vulnerable.

Jason Fichtner, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Social Security

Jason J. Fichtner

Fichtner, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, covers the basics of benefits and what the agency is doing to help the next generation.

Fichtner, Biggs, and Diamond

Three national experts on Social Security discuss the challenges facing the beleaguered agency and some possible solutions.

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Alicia Munnell, Ph.D., Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

Alicia Munnell, Ph.D.

What can people do to have enough money for retirement?

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