Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Prof. Kaplan (IL) on planning for retirement

Dick Kaplan's article entitled “A Guide to Starting Social Security Benefits,” has just appeared in the Journal of Retirement Planning (July-Aug. 2008) and is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1192902

Abstract:  When a person should begin taking Social Security retirement benefits is a critical question for planning one’s retirement. This article explains the various factors at play in determining the optimum starting point, including: longevity considerations; spousal implications, whether for a previously employed or a previously unemployed spouse; the impact of post-retirement employment; the availability of health insurance prior to Medicare eligibility for the worker and the worker’s spouse; alternative sources of retirement income, including distributions from retirement savings plan assets and lifetime liquidation of nonretirement assets (and the pertinent income tax ramifications); and anticipated investment strategies.

Dick rules!



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