Social Security, Medicare & Money

Social Security News: Updates to Website

Interview by: Heidi Frankel The latest social security news involves some major website updates, so fyi50+ sat down with David Freitag to guide you through the changes. fyi50+: My husband and I were reviewing his Social Security myAccount recently and we noticed there had been some changes to the Social Security website. Dave, how about

Social Security Filing Ages

Interview with David Freitag ~ fyi50+: The are many questions about at what age you should file for Social Security benefits. Most workers know you can start benefits as early as age 62 or delay starting benefits to as late as age 70. But what happens if you miss the age 70 cut-off? I asked

When to Collect Social Security Benefits

By David Freitag~ The Right Strategy Can Be Complicated fyi50+: Readers often ask why choosing a Social Security filing strategy can be so complicated. David, why is this decision so confusing? David Freitag: Decisions about when you should file to start collecting Social Security benefits should be based on four key factors: Financial need both

Social Security Recommendations for 2021

By David Freitag~ fyi50+: It’s time to watch 2020 disappear into the rear-view mirror of history and start planning for 2021. David, what are some good recommendations for Social Security and retirement planning for the new year? David Freitag: There are five super important things everyone needs to do relating to Social Security in 2021:

Our Senior’s Guide to Navigating Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

By Anuradha Mundluru, MD ~ It’s that time of year again! Medicare Annual Enrollment is open until December 7. That means it’s time to evaluate the benefits you’ve been receiving and make sure your coverage is working hard for your health needs. With so many plans and constant policy changes, finding the perfect plan can

Social Security Card and Stacks of Coins

Social Security Changes for 2021

By David Freitag~ The Social Security Administration recently released its Fact Sheet for 2021, with updates and changes for those receiving Social Security benefits. Positive Changes Social Security Cost-of-Living Increase There actually is some good news for retirees. 2021 will bring a cost-of-living increase to Social Security benefits, based on a 1.3% rise in the

New Tools from the Social Security Administration

By David Freitag~ We all know the old saying, “I am from the Government and I am here to help.” Without question, this applies to the Social Security Administration — they really do want to keep you informed about how Social Security can support your lifestyle in retirement. I asked David Freitag to review two

Benefits of Taking Social Security Early as a Safety Net

By David Freitag ~ When difficult financial times arrive because of turmoil in the stock market or a serious new health condition, it’s good to know that Social Security can often be a significant safety net for people 62 or older. When financial headlines broadcast 5-10% daily market losses, it is important to remember that

Social Security Retirement Strategies

By Heidi Frankel ~ How Can You Maximize Your Retirement Income in 2020 via Social Security and Medicare Strategies? We asked David Freitag, a financial planning consultant with MassMutual, and this is what he had to say: As the calendar moves along, it is always a good idea to add some essential to-do’s to your

How Can You Maximize Your Retirement Income in 2020 via Social Security and Medicare Strategies?

By Heidi Frankel ~ We asked David Freitag, a financial planning consultant with MassMutual, and this is what he had to say: As the calendar moves into the New Year, it is always a good idea to add some essential to-do’s to your resolution list. Some of those important to-do’s involve your Social Security account

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