There are ways you can help boost your retirement income.
As the baby boomer generation begin reaching retire age, many are coming to the realization that more income is needed if they hope to live the lifestyles they want when they stop working. Their pensions, Social Security, and their other income producing investments are falling short of the total revenue needed to create and maintain the way of life they envision for themselves after they retire.
This is a real concern for many baby boomers. If you are near retirement age, there are some things you can do to boost your retirement income and help insure that your standard of living will remain safe and secure as you grow into your senior years.
You may start by putting off retiring for a few years. This helps in more ways than one. The longer you work, the more you will add to your retirement income and it also increases the dollar amount in your Social Security fund account.
You can delay collecting your Social Security benefits. For each year you delay, your benefits will increase by at least 8 percent per year until you reach 70. Instead of collecting at age 62, wait until the full retirement age of 66. The increase will increase your monthly benefit payments by at least 32 percent.
If you’ve already started collecting Social Security benefits, you can go back to work. Remember, if you earn more than $15,120.00 per year, you will have to pay $1 to the Social Security Administration for every $2 you earn. When you reach full retirement age, the Social Security Administration will recalculate your benefits to include the money you didn’t get while working and you could end up collecting close to your maximum monthly payments.
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