Laurence's Recent Stories
Economy Aug 14Social Security turns 80. Should we cheer or cry?
On its 80th birthday, Larry Kotlikoff argues that Social Security needs to be replaced by a modern system.
Economy Aug 03When it comes to Social Security, patience provides a tremendous return
Should you take your Social Security benefits now, or should you wait? Social Security expert Laurence Kotlikoff answers your Social Security questions.
Economy Jul 29Social Security whistleblower claims widows losing thousands due to agency mistakes
A whistleblower tells Larry Kotlikoff about a number of Social Security practices he considers unfair, dishonest and unworthy of our government.
Economy Jul 22The truth about Greek debt and German generosity
What we're seeing is mostly theater — yes, a Greek tragedy starring supposedly evil Germans and supposedly defenseless Greeks, argues Laurence Kotlikoff. In the show, which is restaged every six months or so, the Germans force the Greeks to attend…
Economy Jul 20If Social Security tells you you’re dead, don’t believe them
What do you do when Social Security informs you and your credit card company that you're deceased? One reader shares her story. Getting Social Security to admit that she was alive proved no easy task.
Economy Jul 13The problem with quick and easy Social Security calculators
Larry Kotlikoff explains that quick and easy Social Security calculators are just that—quick. To get what's yours from Social Security, don't plan on cutting any corners.
Economy Jun 29Hurray if you’re gay! Time to get what’s yours from Social Security
The Supreme Court’s historic decision to legalize gay marriage means gay spouses can now collect spousal benefits, regardless of what state they call home. But how much do gay spouses know about Social Security benefits and how to collect them?…
Economy Jun 26Is it time for a national divorce law too?
Divorce laws can differ drastically state by state. Your divorce settlement may be far better or far worse depending on the state and even the county in which you reside.
Jun 23No matter what they tell you, it’s not a question: You can suspend your Social Security benefit
You can file and suspend. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But the question is whether or not it's in your best interest to file and suspend.
Jun 19Are you getting a fair divorce? The economist’s take
Divorce is a terribly difficult financial decision to confront. Economist Laurence Kotlikoff provides some advice.