Laurence Kotlikoff

About Laurence

Laurence Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Fiscal Analysis Center. Kotlikoff's columns and blogs have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post and other major publications.

Laurence's Recent Stories

Jun 30

How your lifetime Social Security benefits could be higher

Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff shows two couples who are facing disabilities how to increase their lifetime benefits. First of all, they have to scrap their current collection strategies and realize that what they want to do and what they…

Jun 26

Why brokerage account insurance is a bigger scam than Madoff

Responding to the president and CEO of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, Larry Kotiloff stands by his call for readers to close their brokerage accounts because the SIPC, he argues, doesn't exist to protect them; it exists to penalize them.

Jun 20

Why no one should use brokerage accounts

Every day brings new reports of financial fraud -- BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan -- all of which is testimony to the large number of swindlers still at large “managing” our money, says Larry Kotlikoff. But he's here today…

Economy Jun 02

Your Social Security benefits depend on the specifics

Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff says there is no general rule in trying to maximize your Social Security benefits. The precise amounts of what you and your current, ex-, or deceased spouse(s) earned and when you and they earned it…

May 26

Why Social Security lowballs benefit estimates

Social Security's online calculators intentionally underestimate your benefits to encourage people to save more on their own, explains Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff.

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