You read the headline right. In a scary development, the Social Security Administration reports a surge in benefit claims due to the economic downturn. We all know delaying Social Security for as long as possible will increase the amount received each year, something baby boomers will need in later stages of retirement. And of course, they’re doing the exact opposite, most likely to address short-term money concerns. Combine this with the devastating effect retiring in a down market can have on an investment portfolio, and the problem compounds itself. If your clients are telling you they think it’s wise to take their Social Security benefits early, straight talk and tough love are required.
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