Why it might be better to take Social Security at age 66 instead of 70




Conventional wisdom about Social Security bites the dust—again.

As you undoubtedly already are well aware, most financial planners recommend that—so long as you can afford to do so—you should wait until age 70 to begin receiving your Social Security benefits. Your monthly payment in such an event will be 32% higher than if you begin receiving benefits at age 66. So long as you live to your early 80s, those higher monthly payments should make up for the foregone income over the four years from age 66 to 70.

Two months ago, you may recall, I presented one argument for why conventional wisdom could be wrong. In this column I present another.


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