Jeffrey Stevens, Founder of Preferred Retirement Strategies Announces Publication on Social Security Claiming

Jeffrey Stevens announces a new publication his firm has come out with to educate pre-retirees on Social Security claiming options.

Stevens says, “At Preferred Retirement Strategies, we help our valued clients develop a clear understanding of their Social Security benefits and educate them on the right time to start accepting their benefits. Delaying your benefit may potentially increase your benefit amount by as much as eight percent per year. There is a lot to know about Social Security, and you need to be educated so that you head into retirement with a plan on exactly how you will rely on your benefits. Our firm is committed to helping you get the most you can from your benefit, so you can take one step closer to the comfortable and enjoyable retirement you’ve been working so hard for! To help ensure you are maximizing your Social Security benefit, you should have a firm understanding of this complex matter.”

Social Security is a crucial part of many people’s retirement planning. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that about 60% of elderly Americans rely on Social Security for at least half of their income.

For most people, deciding when to claim Social Security benefits is one of the most important financial decisions they will make in retirement. The key to making the right decision is understanding how Social Security works and fits into an overall retirement plan.

Here are some things to consider when making claiming decision:

Full Retirement Age

The full retirement age (FRA) is the age at which someone is eligible to receive full Social Security benefits. For people born between 1943 and 1954, FRA is 66. For those born in 1960 or later, FRA is 67. If they claim benefits before reaching FRA, their benefit will be reduced.

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy is an essential factor to consider when claiming Social Security benefits. Generally speaking, the longer someone is expected to live, the more advantageous it is to delay claiming benefits. This is because Social Security benefits are designed to replace a more significant portion of working income if they claim them later in life. For example, if they claim benefits at age 70 rather than 62, their benefit will be 28% higher. This can make a big difference in their overall retirement income.

Health Status

Health status is another critical factor to consider when making Social Security claiming decision. Generally speaking, the healthier someone is, the longer they can expect to live. Waiting to claim Social Security benefits may be advantageous if someone is in good health. On the other hand, if their health is not good and they don’t expect to live a long life, it may be better to claim benefits earlier. This is because they’ll want to maximize the time they spend receiving benefits.

 The Bottom Line

Deciding when to claim Social Security benefits is a complex one. There are a lot of factors to consider, and there is no single right or wrong answer. The best thing that can be done is to become educated about how Social Security works and how it fits into the overall retirement plan.  

About Jeffrey Stevens

Jeff Stevens provides clients with custom-tailored investment strategies to meet short and long-term goals. As a fiduciary, Jeff is obligated to put his clients’ interests first. His objective is to help individuals, families and businesses develop innovative financial strategies that result in financial clarity, security, and overall financial health.

Jeff specializes in wealth creation, wealth conservation, personal financial planning, business planning and estate planning. He works with clients to secure their retirement by maximizing their retirement income to keep pace with inflation and reduce market risk.

Jeff is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Jeff grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island. He enlisted at seventeen and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Upon discharge from the service, Jeff worked as an electrical engineer and enrolled in Nassau Community College. After earning an Associate’s Degree, Jeff entered the insurance and financial services industry and continued his education at Rutgers University where he received a BS in Management.

Jeff resides in Freehold, New Jersey with his wife, Marge. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. Jeff is an avid sportsman and enjoys freshwater and saltwater fishing and vacationing with his family.

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