Social Security – Don’t Start Early

Don’t start collecting early because Social Security has money problems

Yes, Social Security has money problems. After benefit payments deplete the program’s Trust Fund, in about 2037, Social Security will only be able to pay about 78¢ on the dollar.

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The most prominent proposals to cut benefits:

Raise the Full Retirement Age – So those affected would need to claim later, and collect for a shorter period of time, to get the same monthly benefit.

Freeze the purchasing power of monthly benefits at current levels – So if wages continue to rise, Social Security would replace a smaller share of the earnings of those affected.

Cut the benefits of high earners – But protect the benefits of low earners.

None of these proposals give you more if you claim early. If you are affected, you’ll get less no matter when you claim.

*Nearly all proposals to fix Social Security would also protect those age 55 and older.

© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research

Does not represent the Social Security Administration.

Social Security – Working after you Claim

You can continue to work after you claim

However, Social Security is designed to replace your earnings when you no longer work. So if you start to collect benefits and continue work before you reach your Full Retirement Age, some of your benefits might be withheld.

Before the Full Retirement Age, Social Security withholds…

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Benefits withheld aren’t lost

They’re rolled forward to increase your Social Security monthly benefits after you reach the Full Retirement Age.

For example, say you start to collect benefits at 62, continue to work, and only retire for good at 63. If you earn so much that half your monthly benefits are withheld, at the Full Retirement Age your monthly benefit is raised to what it would be had you started to collect at 62 and a half.

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Does not represent the Social Security Administration.

Social Security – More Options if You’re Married

social security, retirement, financial planning, financial advisor colorado springsSpecial Rules that raise the benefits of the lower-earning spouse-most often the wife-generally make claiming later an attractive option for married men.

The spousal benefit

If both husband and wife have claimed benefits, each is guaranteed half what the other would get at the Full Retirement Age (whih used to be 65, is now 66, and will be 67).

  • Spousal benefits are reduced up to 35% if claimed before the recipient’s Full Retirement Age.

The survivor benefit

Widow(er)s can keep their own benefit or, if they chose, instead claim a survivor benefit equal to their spouse’s monthly benefit.

  • Survivor benefits are available as early as age 60, or age 50 if disabled, but are reduced up to 28.5% if claimed before the recipient’s Full Retirement Age.
  • Survivor benefits almost always go to widows, as most survivors are women (wives are generally younger than their husbands and live longer) and most wives have lower monthly benefits (they generally ear less and start to collect at younger ages).

Ex-spouses are entitled to these benefits if the marriage lasted 10 years.


Husbands can get more for their wives

Most wives will outlive their husband, by about 7 years on average, and most widows get their husband’s higher monthly benefit in place of their own.

A husband can increase the monthly benefit his wife gets as his survivor more than 20% if he claims Social Security at 66, no 62, and 60% if he claims at 70.

*Claiming later could be the most effective way a husband can improve his wife’s long-term financial security.

© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research


Social Security – Claim Later Get More

The later you claim, the more you get.

The monthly benefit you earn as a worker is generally based on when you start to collect and the average of the highest 35 years of earnings on which you’ve paid Social Security payroll tax.

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75% of original income is need to keep your standard of living.

*As the Full Retirement Age rises to 67, benefits claimed at any age will replace a smaller share of earnings.


You get even more…

…if working longer raises the average of the highest 35 years of earnings on which you’ve paid Social Security payroll tax. For example, say you were 62 in 2005 and had 31 years of employment, at $40,000 a year.

If you retire and start to collect benefits at 62:

The average of your highest 35 years of earnings = $35,400

your monthly benefit, based on your average earnings and claiming age = $1,030


If you work four more years, at $40,000 a year, and retire at 66:

The average of your highest 35 years of earnings = $40,000

your monthly benefit, based on your average earnings and claiming age = $1,500

33% for claiming later + 12% more for more earnings = 45% more overall


© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research

Does not represent the Social Security Administration.

Social Security – How much secure income will you need?

Social Security is especially good for providing a basic retirement income that you and your spouse can rely on. The income it provides is inflation – proof and keeps coming as long as you or your spouse is alive.

Your chances for a very long life are excellent
Chances that one person in a married couple, both age 62, will live…

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You get more dollars from Social Security if prices rise, so what you can buys stays the same.

Employer pensions and private annuities
provide a guaranteed income for the rest of your life.
But they are rarely inflation-proof. If prices rise 3% a year, in 20 years they’ll buy barely half what they do today.

401(k)s, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)s, and other savings can be invested in stocks that could produce high returns, saved for rainy days, or passed on to your children.
But high returns bring increased risk, and financial shocks are likely over the course of your retirement. On the other hand, cash in the bank is not inflation-proof.

Work is an important source of income for some retirees.
But few people work past 70. So relying too much on earnings could be a big mistake.

*Social Security will likely be much more important as you age, as other sources of income often dry up.

© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research

Social Security – Living on Less

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There’s no simple answer. But to maintain your standard of living, you won’t need as much as you currently earn.

You will pay less tax

  • You won’t pay payroll tax on income from Social Security, savings, or employer pensions.

  • You won’t pay income tax on all your Social Security benefits

You won’t need to save for retirement.

The mortgage will probably be paid off (or will be soon).

The kids will probably be out on their own (or will be soon).

To maintain your standard of living, experts say you’ll need roughly %75 of your current income.

If work is difficult, you might want to retire early even if it means having a lower standard of living.

But be careful: You’re talking about a lower standard of living for the rest of your life. You’ll also need money on reserve for medical emergencies, unexpected home repairs, and other “rainy day” expenses.

© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research

Social Security – The Power of Patience

social security, retirement, financial planning, financial advisor colorado springsThe later you claim Social Security, the higher your monthly benefit.

As you approach retirement, how long you work and when you claim will usually have a far greater impact on how much income you’ll have in retirement than how much you save or how much you invest.

If you start collecting at age:

Age 62: $1000

Age 66: $1333

Age 70: $1760

© 2009, by Trustees of Boston College, Center for Retirement Research


Social Security – Filing Claim

social security, retirement, financial planning, financial advisor colorado springsHow old you are when you claim Social Security has a dramatic effect on the monthly benefits you and, if married, your spouse will get for the rest of your lives.

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Dale Payne – Financial Advisor in Colorado Springs

financial advisor in colorado springs, financial advise, financial advisor colorado springs, insurance agent colorado springs, retirement colorado springs, long term care, long term care colorado springs, life insurance, life insurance agentMy name is Dale Payne and I am an independent Financial Advisor in Colorado Springs. I’ve worked in securities since 1986 and a licensed insurance agent since 1990. Over my 28 years of experience, I’ve found that it takes both securities and insurance to make a plan work. My objective is to help you achieve your goal of financial freedom. I can help you with a complete Financial Plan, Insurance needs, Annuities and even How to Save Money at any income level. I am also a Registered Tax Return Preparer.

I am an Investment Advisory Representative of Pearl Street Advisors, LLC. Pearl Street is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

Credentials – CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CDFA®
I am a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Business Management. I earned my ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) in 2007 and CLU® (Certified Life Underwriter) in 2008 from the American College and my CFP® (Certified Financial Planning Practitioner) in 2012  CDFA® (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Additional professional designations of CAS® (Certified Annuity Specialist) and the CFS® (Certified Fund Specialist) with the Institute of Business and Finance. Additionally, I am a member of the Better Business Bureau.

My passion is financial planning and the relationships that result when I make a difference. My other passions are travel, writing short stories, the practice of yoga, and my Miniature Schnauzer, Bella.

Previously Held

  • Series 7 General Securities 8/16/1986
  • Series 24 Securities Principal 12/13/1988
  • Series 65 Investment Advisor 5/31/1995
  • Series 51 Municipal Securities 2005

I am no longer associated with a broker dealer or FINRA. These are shown only to illustrate experience.

Why Women Need Life Insurance

Today, women have more financial responsibilities than ever before. How will your family or loved ones manage financially if you die? Whether you are single, married, employed, or a stay-at-home mom, you probably need life insurance. At the very least, life insurance can help pay for the costs of funeral and burial services, estate administration, outstanding debts, estate taxes, and the uninsured expenses of a final illness.

Who needs life insurance?

Working women

Increasingly, families depend on the income of two working parents. If you’re a working mother, your income can have a significant impact on the quality of your family’s lifestyle. Your income helps cover the cost of ordinary living expenses such as food, clothing, and utilities, and it provides savings for your children’s college education, and for your retirement. Life insurance protects your family by providing proceeds that can be used to replace your lost income if you die prematurely.

Single women

Often, women, like men, think that it’s not necessary to buy life insurance because they have no dependents. What’s often overlooked is that life insurance can provide necessary funds to pay off car loans, education loans, debts, a mortgage, taxes, and funeral expenses that might otherwise be the responsibility of family members. Also, the cash value of permanent life insurance may be used to supplement retirement income.

Single moms

Whether you’re divorced, widowed, or simply a single mom, you’re most likely primarily responsible for your child’s support. If you die prematurely, life insurance can provide ongoing income to cover child-care costs, medical expenses, debts, and future college costs.

Stay-at-home moms

Maintaining a household is a full-time job, and you have many important roles and duties. The cost of the services performed by a stay-at-home mom could be quite significant if someone had to be hired to do them. If you die, your surviving spouse may have to pay for services such as child care, transportation for your children, and housekeeping. Taking over these added responsibilities could cause your spouse to shorten work hours, resulting in a reduction in income. Proceeds from your life insurance can help your spouse pay for services that keep the household running and allow your spouse to keep working.

Family caregiver

Many women find themselves providing care for both children and elderly family members. Caring for an aging parent or family member can include paying for the costs of adult day care, uninsured medical expenses, and extra transportation. Adding these expenses to the costs of maintaining a household, child care, and college tuition can be financially overwhelming. Unfortunately, these added financial responsibilities often continue after your death. Life insurance provides a source of funds that can be used to help pay for these expenses.

Business owner

You may be one of the increasing number of women business owners. If you die while owning your business, life insurance can be used to provide cash for company expenses such as payroll or operating costs while your estate is being settled. Also, life insurance can be a useful tool for business owners structuring buy-sell arrangements or providing benefits to key employees.

Life insurance types and options

Life insurance comes in many different sizes and shapes, and determining the policy that meets your needs may depend on a number of factors. Understanding the basic types of life insurance can help you find the policy that’s best for you.

Term life insurance

Term life insurance provides a simple death benefit for a specified period of time. If you die during the coverage period, the beneficiary you name in the policy receives the death benefit. If you live past the term period, your coverage ends, and you get nothing back. The cost, or premium, for the coverage can be fixed for the duration of the policy term (usually 1 to 30 years) or it can be “annually renewable” meaning that the premium can increase each year as you get older. However, the premium for term insurance usually costs less than the premium for permanent insurance when all factors are the same, including the death benefit.

Whole life insurance

Whole life is permanent or cash value insurance that provides insurance coverage for your entire life. With most whole life policies, part of your premium is added to the cash value account, which earns interest. Some whole life policies also pay a dividend, which represents a portion of the company’s profits made during the prior year.

The cash value grows tax deferred and can either be used as collateral to borrow from the insurance company or be directly accessed through a partial or complete surrender of the policy. It is important to note, however, that a policy loan or partial surrender will reduce the policy’s death benefit, and a complete surrender will terminate coverage altogether.

Note: Guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

Universal life insurance

Universal life is another type of permanent life insurance with a death benefit and a cash value account. A universal life insurance policy will generally provide very broad premium guidelines (i.e., minimum and maximum premium payments), but within these guidelines you can choose how much and when you pay premiums. You are also free to change the policy’s death benefit directly (again, within the limits set out by the policy) as your financial circumstances change. But if you want to raise the amount of coverage, you’ll need to go through the insurability process again, probably including a new medical exam, and your premiums will increase.

Variable life insurance

Variable life insurance is a type of cash value coverage that allows you to choose how your cash value account is invested. A variable life policy generally contains several investment options, or subaccounts, that are professionally managed to pursue a stated investment objective. Choices can range from a fixed interest subaccount to an international growth subaccount. Variable life insurance policies require a fixed annual premium for the life of the policy and may provide a minimum guaranteed death benefit. If the cash value exceeds a certain amount, the death benefit will increase.

Variable universal life insurance

Variable universal life combines all of the options and flexibility of universal life with the investment choices of a variable policy. You decide how often and how much your premium payments are to be, within policy guidelines. With most variable universal life policies, you get no guaranteed minimum cash value or death benefit, but you can direct how your premium payments are invested among policy subaccounts.

Note: Variable life and variable universal life insurance policies are offered by prospectus, which you can obtain from your financial professional or the insurance company. The prospectus contains detailed information about investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. You should read the prospectus and consider this information carefully before purchasing a variable life or variable universal life insurance policy.

Joint and survivor life insurance

You and your spouse may choose to buy a single policy of permanent insurance that covers both of your lives. With first-to-die, the death benefit is paid at the death of the spouse who dies first. With second-to-die, no death benefit is paid until both spouses are deceased. Second-to-die policies are commonly used in estate planning to pay estate taxes and other expenses due at the death of the second spouse. Other than the fact that two people are insured by one policy, the policy characteristics remain the same.

Bottom line

Life insurance protection for women is equally as important as it is for men. However, women’s life insurance coverage is often inadequate. It may be time to consult an insurance professional who can help you assess your life insurance needs, and offer information about the various types of policies available.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances.To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable–we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.