Will the Recession Affect Social Security?
Social Security is something that people commonly make the biggest mistakes with. The recession may make claiming Social Security benefits even more complicated. Most people don’t know how to claim Social Security. They make decisions based on what they’ve heard or what they’ve read in a magazine. As a result, hundreds of thousands of dollars can be left on the table.
There are many ways to take Social Security. You can take it early, or you can take it later. The mistake a lot of people make is, they’ve done a great job saving for retirement, they don’t look at Social Security as an asset. They look at it like it’s a separate decision.
Three things to consider:
- The Recession’s Impact on Social Security
Will this recession we’re in right now, affect your Social Security? It could affect when you claim your benefits. I believe if you’re within five years of retirement (or if you’re already retired) those Social Security promises will be kept.
However, you might want to claim Social Security earlier. That way, you can leave your investments alone to recover again. This is a unique decision. A professional should do an analysis for you so you can make the right decision for your situation.
- Unemployment’s Impact on Social Security
Whether you’re already retired or getting close to retirement, the high unemployment that we’re experiencing right now can affect the amount of money being paid into the Social Security system.
The Social Security system is pay as you go. The people that are getting benefits today are being financed by existing workers. As a result, you’ve got to watch out. Make sure Social Security is safe.
- The Impact of Timing on Claiming Social Security Benefits
If you claim Social Security wrong as I mentioned earlier, it can have a lasting impact for the rest of your retirement. I’ve seen it happen here at Johnson Brunetti. We’ll meet somebody who is retired. They come in for a consultation and we realize they took Social Security in the wrong way. Don’t leave a bunch of money on the table.
Don’t make those same mistakes we’ve seen so many people make. Make sure you get a copy of our Social Security guide. Request your free copy by clicking here.