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Financially Speaking

When to Claim Social Security Benefits

Worried about outliving your money? Protect your retirement — and your spouse

One of the most important — and vexing — decisions you'll have to make as you approach retirement is when to start taking Social Security benefits. For a program that's been around so long, you'd think that retirees would have the answer at their fingertips. Not so: Many people leave tens of thousands of dollars on the table by claiming too soon or not coordinating benefit strategies with their spouse. … Back to Article

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