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Laurence Kotlikoff
Worked at Boston University,Yale University, The President's Council of Economic Advisers, UCLA
Attended University of Pennsylvania, BA
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Today’s column discusses spousal benefits, disability benefits, obligations regarding filing or not at FRA and filing strategies when one has young children.
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Today’s column takes on the earnings test, widow's benefits, the timing of checks and income not taxed by Social Security.
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If Republican Congressman Samuel Johnson, Chairman of the House Social Security Subcommittee, has his way, many American workers will end up with far lower Social Security benefits when they retire. On the other hand, some low earners will end up with more. Johnson's bill, introduced on December 8th, produces these [...]
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When I encounter large companies acting in what appears to be a fraudulent matter, I presume I'm not special and that the company is harming the public in general. At that point I go slightly nuts and get far too aggressive (my wife says the right word is "rude") on [...]
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Today’s column examines how spousal benefits are calculated, the ability to switch to a spousal benefit after taking a retirement benefit, the effect of collecting a spousal benefit on the other spouse's retirement benefit, submitting an application and sequencing benefits for a married couple.
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Today’s column examines withdrawing an application for a benefit, survivor benefits based on non-citizen's Social Security taxes paid, sequencing benefits, the utility of being held harmless and whether it's possible for spouses to receive spousal benefits simultaneously.
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Today’s column takes up the earnings test, sequencing retirement and widow's benefits, suspending a retirement benefit, the family maximum and filing with a younger spouse.
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This Social Security expert says two of the three reasons are unwise
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Dear President-elect Trump, Your economic advisors apparently haven't told you this, but the U.S. has a fiscal gap of $206 trillion. This is the true measure of the country's indebtedness. It is the present value difference between all projected future spending (including servicing net official debt) and all projected future [...]
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Today’s column examines effects of the new law, switching to disability benefits, whether filings early with young children makes sense, foreign spouses and whether taking widow's benefits while still working would be worth it.
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Today’s column examines the continuing option to suspend receipt of benefits, when to file, using the file/suspend/reinstate strategy, whether filing for and suspending a retirement benefit before a spousal benefit makes any sense at all and the availability of widow(er)'s benefits.
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Today’s column examines the very common problem of misinformation about Social Security –– this time from a banker, filing early, sequencing benefits for a couple, filing from a foreign country and spousal benefits.
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Professor of Economics, Boston University and President, Economic Security Planning, Inc.
Introduction
I teach economics at Boston University, do economic research and consulting, write professional articles and books, write columns and trade books for the public, and run my company, Economic Security Planning, Inc., which markets financial planning software at www.esplanner.com, www.esplanner.com/basic, and www.maximizemysocialsecurity.com.
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William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fellow of the Econometric Society
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA
    Economics, 1969 - 1973
  • Harvard University, PhD
    Economics, 1973 - 1977
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Professor of Economics
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  • Boston University,Yale University, The President's Council of Economic Advisers, UCLA
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