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Maximizing social security benefits in retirement

For many retirees, Social Security will be the centerpiece of their retirement income. That's why it's so important to become educated about the various options for collecting Social Security benefits before retirement. Your decisions can affect you (and your spouse if you are married) throughout retirement, which for many people adds up to nearly one third of their life—a long time to live with a costly mistake.

Although almost everyone becomes eligible for benefits at age 62, delaying benefits until you reach full retirement age (an age determined by your birth year) or even 70 years old may help you receive the higher amount you qualify for.

If you're thinking about retirement but haven't reached your full retirement age, watch our video to understand the benefits of delaying retirement before making a decision. Also, read our white paper, Innovative Strategies to Help Maximize Social Security Benefits for more information on the taxation of Social Security benefits; strategies for divorced spouses, widows, and widowers; and how to bridge the gap until Social Security benefits can begin.

video: Maximizing social security benefits in retirement
More than 70% of retirees are currently collecting reduced Social Security benefits because they elected to start receiving the benefits before their full retirement age. Don't short change yourself on this important source of retirement income.

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