Social Security Claiming Mistakes Mean Retirees Set To Lose $3.4 Trillion in Retirement Income.

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Over half of all Americans expect to live a comfortable retirement and only one third think Social Security will be important to them.

Could this be the reason for so many faulty claiming strategies?

That’s according to a report from United Income researchers. In short, bad assumptions often lead to bad decisions. It’s even worse when those false assumptions are grounded more in cultural beliefs than in empirical evidence.

Believe it or not, only 4% of retirees make the optimal claiming decision. In fact the study found that a claiming age of 62-64 is optimal for only about 8% of adults – primarily those with a short life expectancy.

There’s more. You might find this article by Elaine Floyd, CFP® interesting.

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Jim Lorenzen, CFP®, AIF®

Jim Lorenzen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and An Accredited Investment Fiduciary® in his 21st year of private practice as Founding Principal of The Independent Financial Group, a fee-based registered investment advisor with clients located in New York, Florida, and California. He is also licensed for insurance as an independent agent under California license 0C00742.  IFG helps specializes in crafting wealth design strategies around life goals by using a proven planning process coupled with a cost-conscious objective and non-conflicted risk management philosophy.

Opinions expressed are those of the author.  The Independent Financial Group does not provide legal or tax advice and nothing contained herein should be construed as securities or investment advice, nor an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment to the individual reader. The general information provided should not be acted upon without obtaining specific legal, tax, and investment advice from an appropriate licensed professional.

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Jim Lorenzen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and An Accredited Investment Fiduciary® in his 21st year of private practice as Founding Principal of The Independent Financial Group, a fee-based registered investment advisor with clients located in New York, Florida, and California. He is also licensed for insurance as an independent agent under California license 0C00742.

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