Are you approaching Social Security age? If so, you may be facing a difficult decision about when and how to file for benefits. It could be an important decision. If you’re like many retirees, Social Security will play a large role in your retirement funding strategy.
Your decision on when and how to file will likely be permanent. In most cases, your Social Security benefits cannot be altered or adjusted after you file and begin receiving benefits. While your payment may increase in the future because of cost-of-living adjustments, you likely will not have the opportunity to change your filing status.
One of the biggest challenges retirees face is funding a retirement that could potentially span decades. People are living longer than ever. If you retire in your early 60s, it’s possible that your retirement could last 30 years. In fact, you may spend more time in retirement than you did saving for retirement.
Retirement is a major financial challenge even for the most disciplined savers. While you will likely benefit from Social Security payments, you may not have any other form of guaranteed lifetime income. That means you may need to fund much of your retirement expenses with savings.