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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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We spent more than two years reading everything we could about Social Security, and put it all into Get
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Every question in personal finance begins and ends with our living standard. Here are 10 magic tricks that produce the equivalent of a couple finding hundreds of thousands of dollars on the street.
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One reader writes that he and his wife can start collecting Social Security earlier than age 70, as Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff discourages, with a very small downside for the long term. But today, Larry urges him to reconsider just how long the couple will live.
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Ever feel like you need a translator to understand what the Social Security Administration is trying to tell you? You're not alone. As part of his new book, co-authored with Making Sen$e's Paul Solman and Phil Moeller, Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff shows how Social Security has perfected the art of incoherence.
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A Boston University economics professor found his firm's financial-planning software to be invaluable in negotiating his own divorce. Now he is marketing divorce-settlement analysis to others.
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Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff highlights a recent change in Social Security's operating manual that, while seemingly obscure, hurts millions of Americans who receive disability benefits. In effect, Kotlikoff argues, Social Security is now treating people with disabilities as second class citizens.
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Social Security is an insurance company. It's taking money from us and promising insurance benefits in exchange. But insurance companies don't go out of their way to encourage people to ignore risks and focus on average outcomes.
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You may be entitled to more than you’re getting. Social Security might end up being your most valuable retirement asset…and the most difficult to understand. The system has more than 2,700 core rules and thousands more codicils. A single misstep could cost you as much as one-third of the money you might have received. Here’s …
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Most retirement advice focuses on how to save enough money for your later years and ho
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Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff recommends you retrieve your annual statement each year to check that Social Security has correctly credited your covered earnings. But don’t trust the statement’s projections of your retirement benefits or the benefits available to family members based on your work record because they're often wrong.
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Ex-spouses can’t control what Social Security benefits their exes collect on their work records. What they want or don't want you to receive makes no difference. But there are still requirements to collecting off of an ex-spouse. Social Security expert Larry Kotilkoff tells you how it's done.
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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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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