Be sure not to absolutely count on receiving Social Security, and don’t forego your own retirement saving in reliance on these numbers, especially if you are under 40 years old.
Bayside, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
Personal Finance expert Walter Edelstein, CFP® is providing updated financial information and timely retirement advice on many aspects of the Social Security system, with a focus on how consumers should not necessarily expect Social Security to be the foundation of a retirement plan, and how they need to look at other sources for retirement income. Consumers continue to need to get objective information on best practices they can use to improve their retirement situation. TheAdvice.com Personal Financial Site Network provides consumers with free information and easy to implement practical ideas to help them achieve their personal financial goals. Following is a summary of some of the “How to” articles on retirement planning that have been published on TheAdvice.com Personal Finance Site Network recently.
Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Federal Social Security program, most consumers still count on being able to receive some type of Social Security benefit when retiring. While it would be unwise to rely on receiving any specific dollar amount each month in benefits – since benefit calculations may very well change in the future – it’s still useful to take a look at what one might expect to receive.
Having a general idea of your likely Social Security benefits might make it easier to calculate the other aspects of a retirement savings plan. According to Mr. Edelstein "be sure not to absolutely count on receiving Social Security, and don’t forego your own retirement saving in reliance on these numbers, especially if you are under 40 years old". This article provides consumers with much of the terminology and options for how to collect Social Security benefits.
A well rounded retirement plan is likely to have a number of different savings and income components. For example, one may be fortunate enough to have a defined benefit pension plan through an employer, or have a 401(k) account through past and present employers, as well as Roth and traditional IRAs. Consumers may even have annuities and one or more life insurance policies with an investment feature.
Notice that the list above does not include an income source that many people would first think of when they consider retirement – the federal Social Security program. According to Edelstein "it would be prudent to not include any future Social Security benefits in a retirement plan, especially if your under 40 years of age." This articles discusses some important reasons why Social Security should not be the foundation of a retirement plan.
For some, Social Security is perhaps the most valuable benefit an individual will ever receive from the federal government. For many people, Social Security will be a significant component of their retirement income. Unfortunately, individuals who have not saved for their own retirement may end up relying almost entirely on Social Security during their retirement years.
"Despite it being so often talked about, there is still a significant lack of understanding about some basic terms and conditions of the Social Security program; even questions relating to eligibility and benefits" according to Edelstein. The rules relating to Social Security eligibility and benefits continue to change, and this article discusses what many of the current options are for collecting Social Security.
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