David Lerner Associates: What is the Future of Social Security?
The future of Social Security has received a lot of publicity lately, especially when the candidates for President of the United States debated each other about how they would propose solving the looming problem of potential Social Security insolvency.
David Lerner Associates,inc. Announces Apple REIT Six Results
Apple REIT Six second quarter 2011 results filed with SEC and now available online. "These are positive results for Apple Six." said David Lerner, President and CEO of David Lerner Associates.
David Lerner Associates: 2013 Social Security COLA Less Than Half of 2012 Amount
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (or COLA) for 2013 will be just 1.7% -- less than half of the adjustment that was made for 2012.
David Lerner Associates: Will Social Security Support You In Retirement?
Since it was originally established in 1935 under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Social Security has undergone a number of revisions that reflect changes in the make-up of American society.
David Lerner Associates: What You Should Know About Social Security Disability
When they hear the term "Social Security," many people think of the federal program that pays retirement benefits to most Americans who have worked during their lives.
David lerner Associates: How Framing Affects Social Security
Many people do not realize that when it comes to Social Security they have a choice of when to begin receiving their retirement benefits.You don't have to wait until you're 65.
David Lerner Associates News: 2014 Social Security COLA Is.1.5 Percent
In October the SSA announced that the Social Security Cost-of-Living (COLA) in 2014 will be 1.5 percent, down slightly from the 1.7 percent increase in 2013.
David Lerner Associates News: Elder Poverty Is Projected to Rise
The Social Security system "is facing serious financial problems, and action is needed soon to make sure the system will be sound when today's younger workers are ready for retirement."
David Lerner Associates: Social Security and Medicare
Many Americans now choose to continue working after age 65. Some do it for financial reasons and others because they just don't feel ready to retire.
David Lerner Associates: Are You Planning to Work During Retirement
As employees near retirement age, more and more plan to work at least some of the time during the course of their retirement years.
David Lerner Associates: Misconceptions and Realities about Social Security
There's no doubt about it, Social Security is an essential source of retirement income for most Americans. More than nine out of ten people age 65 and older obtain Social Security advantages.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security and Divorce
If you want to qualify for one half of your ex-spouse's Social Security benefits, there are certain requirements which must be met.
David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 3)
The last article in our 3 part series, focuses on the financial aspects of caring for aging parents.
David Lerner Associates: Why Certain People Claim Social Security Benefits Early
There are many reasons people decide to claim Social Security retirement benefits at the earliest possible age of 62 according to a recent General Accounting Office report.
David Lerner Associates: The 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
The financial projections in this report indicate that even though the trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030 (four years beyond last year's projection), steps need to be taken to address Medicare's financial challenges.
David Lerner Associates: 2015 Social Security and Medicare Figures
The Social Security Administration has announced the new figures that beneficiaries will receive for 2015.
David Lerner Associates: How to Resolve Retirement Income Shortfalls
Without prudent planning and a commitment to saving now to make that happen, millions of older Americans find themselves with an income shortfall.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Considerations for Family Caregivers
Caring for your aging parents is not only an emotional burden it may also be a financial one. It will depend on how well off your parents are and how much caring for them costs.
Older Americans: How Secure Is Social Security?
Older Americans who are already retired or close to retirement age probably have nothing to worry about - Social Security benefits will likely be paid to them in the amount they planned on (at least that's what most of the politicians say). But what about the rest of us?
How Divorce Affects Social Security Retirement Benefits
No matter how carefully one plans for retirement, unexpected events can occur that change the situation. One such challenge is divorce.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security Survivor's Benefits
Although planning for what happens to your estate and your assets after you die is not something anyone likes to think about, it's a necessary part of one's financial planning.
Optimizing Your Social Security Retirement Benefits
Optimizing your Social Security retirement benefits means getting the best return possible on each dollar you've contributed to the system over the years
Four Things Women Need to Know about Social Security
The very first retirement benefit check was issued in 1940 and since then women have been relying on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income.
David Lerner Associates: 3 Financial Tips for Seniors
Studies show that the retirement age in America in creeping upward as many seniors choose to keep working longer. The easing of Social Security restrictions on earning income has also contributed to the trend.
David Lerner Associates: No Social Security COLA Hike in 2016
Retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare are in for a disappointing year in 2016. There will be no cost of living allowance (COLA) increase next year.
David Lerner Associates: Women Need to be More Hands-On Financially
It's important for everyone to keep tabs on their finances, but it seems that women lag behind men when it comes to taking control and planning for a secure financial future. Women face unique challenges that add up to different financial needs. Prudential's 2014-2015 Research Study, "Financial Experience and Behaviors Among Women," shows that although more women are taking control of household finances, they're no more prepared to meet long-term financial goals than they were a decade ago.
David Lerner Associates: IRS Data Theft and the Need to Protect your Personal Information
The U.S. Treasury has released a revised and far scarier picture of the cyber-attack suffered by the IRS last year. Initially, it was thought that just over 100,000 people were affected by the incident, but now they're saying it was over 700,000. That raises the issue of online security and the need to protect your information, as well as staying alert to tax scams as we head into another tax season.
David Lerner Associates: Cyber Thieves Target Men More than Women
A new report claims that men are ripped off three times as much as women. There are many things you can do to stay safe from the digital bad guys. Using strong passwords, secure your computer, installing the latest operating system updates, protecting your data with encryption or passwords, and securing your wireless network are just a few things that can be done.
3 Reasons Not to Fear Retirement
If you are nearing retirement age, you are not alone. Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day in America, and that number is set to stay true for the next 19 years. Many people face uncertainties and fears about their own retirement. When it should be a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of hard work, a lack of planning may result in apprehension and stress.
Women and Men Think Differently About Finances Too
"Women are from Venus, men are from Mars" has become a saying embedded in our vocabulary. It indicates that women and men see things differently and have a different approach to many aspects of their lives. Finances, it appears, is one of these areas.
5 Ways to Fix Your Retirement Fund Shortfall
When you hit your 40s or 50s the idea of retirement (which seemed so far off in your 20s) is suddenly right around the corner. If you've reached this age and have not been diligently socking away money for retirement, there are some things you can do to fix the problem.
A New Look at the American Dream
Whenever the conversation turns to financial goals and a secure future, certain ideas at the core of The American Dream pop up - save for retirement and own your own home are two of those. However, times have changed economically.
FINRAs Advice for Keeping Your Financial Data Secure
Identify theft has been the number one complaint reported to the FTC for 15 years running. In 2015, almost half a million cases were reported. The loss of financial data can be devastating, and it can take a long time to recover.
Death and Debt
The death of a spouse is heartbreaking and something that no one really wants to think about. Unfortunately, it is something that needs to be considered and a plan put in place to ease the major adjustment in one's life. The surviving spouse faces more than just overwhelming emotions - he or she may also face the challenge of handling a loved one's outstanding debts.
Top Financial Mistakes That Affect Your Retirement
As retirement approaches more and more Baby Boomers are taking stock of their financial decisions along the road to their golden years.
Social Security and Divorced Women
For divorced women nearing retirement, time is ticking away and financial readiness is an essential factor to consider. The good news is that although Social Security can be a rather complex matter, divorced women are eligible for a benefit that equals one half of their ex spouse's full retirement amount.
Cyber Security Awareness
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. With more and more mature Americans getting involved in the online community, the amount of scams targeting elders is ever on the rise.
Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards
The Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have announced intentions to establish enhanced cyber risk management standards.
Financial Security in Retirement
A big source of unrest in the minds of people is their retirement. More than half of Americans lose sleep thinking about retirement. Studies show that people who are confident about their retirement have a clear goal and vision for their future.
Millennials and Financial Security
The oldest of the Millennial generation are now reaching age 35. If ever there were a time to take a look at your financial landscape and assess one's future, now would be that time.
What To Do If You Are Hacked
November is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans (roughly half of the nation's adults) in the last 12 months alone. That massive number is even more concerning by the amount of hacked accounts - up to 432 million.
Preparing for Retirement
The truth is there is no "magic number". How much you need to save for retirement will depend entirely on your spending habits.
Cyber Security and Passwords
Online security has reached a fever pitch lately with hackers accessing political, business, and personal accounts all over the world.
How to Avoid Investment Fraud
There were 868 cases of SEC investigated financial misconduct in 2016. The good news is that potential victims, and more importantly the professionals trying to catch the bad guys, are focusing on financial literacy and fraud prevention which should make you feel a little safer.