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    Singles can file and suspend Social Security benefits

    But this creative claiming strategy stumps some Social Security Administration employees.

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    Social Security closes claiming loophole for people with disabilities

    A minor change in the Social Security Program Operations Manual System late last year that resulted in a big change in the rights of people who receive Social Security disability benefits.

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    Social Security consolation prizes for divorced spouses

    Ex-spouse can claim independently and is not subject to family maximum limit.

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    Income spike can reduce Social Security benefits

    Retired clients are often surprised — and sometimes angry — when they receive a notification from the Social Security Administration that their monthly Social Security benefits will decline for the coming year. Naturally, those clients turn to their financial advisers for help.The culprit? An

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    Lifetime retiree health care cost projections up 6.5%

    Retiree health care costs continue to rise at a faster pace than general inflation and annual cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits. As a result, retirees will spend increasingly larger portions of their retirement benefits to pay for health care costs over their lifetime.A

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    Retirement plan advisers are preparing for major changes

    Experts weigh in with best practices retirement plan advisers should make sure they have in place given pending industry shifts

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    Suit against Social Security may shake up planning for LGBT clients

    Couples file suit against agency, as Social Security attempts to recoup benefit overpayments.

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    Help clients navigate new landscape

    Continued work - sometimes in a new field - is becoming the norm and requires planning

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    Four strategies to boost Social Security benefits

    Financial advisers can help clients make the most of their benefits by considering key details about their age, marital status and work history.

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    Social Security's negative returns

    Payroll tax contributions exceed lifetime benefits for most workers. (Hear Mary Beth Franklin answer advisers' questions on Social Security today at 4 p.m.)

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    Stop guesstimating, or worse, ignoring, your clients' health care costs in retirement

    Software is available that gives advisers a fighting chance of determining long-term care costs and the need for insurance.

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    Oscars shine light on Alzheimer's costs

    Financial advisers can help clients take early steps to plan for the progressive disease.

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    The art and science of longevity

    Advisers' responsibility to make sure their clients are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that come with extended life expectancies.

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    Social Security rules for divorced public employees

    Divorced couples who were married for at least 10 years can claim Social Security benefits on each other's earnings records as if they are still married. But questions may arise when one of the ex-spouses is a public sector employee.Last week, an adviser asked me if her client's Social Security

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    Testing Social Security 'what if' scenarios

    Increasingly, financial advisers are helping their clients realize that when they retire and when they begin to collect Social Security benefits are two separate decisions. Stopping work does not necessarily mean it's time to claim Social Security, particularly if clients can rely on other sources