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Economy Oct 27Column: Proposed budget bill would have devastating effects on millions’ Social Security benefits
The House’s new budget bill would make radical changes to the way Social Security provides spousal and retirement benefits.…
Economy Oct 19Column: Does Social Security benefit the rich more than the poor?
A new study by the National Academy of Sciences shows a dramatic increase in the gap between the life expectancy of the rich and the poor. This makes a big difference in the total benefits the two groups can expect…
Economy Oct 15Should you take Social Security early to avoid a likely massive Medicare premium increase in 2016?
Medicare Part B premiums may rise by 50 percent or more in 2016. Is it worth trying to avoid?…
Economy Oct 08What you should know about Social Security disability benefits
You want your adult disabled child to be independent, but be aware, the Social Security system will penalize them, potentially big time, for the rest of their life is they earn a bit too much in a given year.
Economy Sep 28Do I qualify for both V.A. benefits and Social Security disability benefits?
Did you suffer a service-related injury? Here's what you need to know about applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Economy Sep 21A little known Social Security hack for divorcees looking to remarry
Can two divorcees marry and continue to collect Social Security benefits on their exes?…
Economy Sep 07How soon after the wedding can I start collecting social security benefits?
In most cases, a spouse must be married for a full year before they can become entitled to spousal benefits. However, if a person is already drawing benefits as a divorced spouse, they can become entitled to spousal benefits on…
Economy Aug 31What happens to your Social Security benefit when you marry?
A reader asks whether remarrying will cause her to lose her Social Security benefits. Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff has the answer.
Economy Aug 26Social Security mix-up? Here’s what you should do
Social Security's mistakes with retirement benefits are notoriously difficult to set straight.
Economy Aug 18Should you collect Social Security early and invest your benefits?
It's a tempting prospect. But is it worth it? Larry Kotlikoff has the answer.