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Ask Rusty about Social Security Solvency

What would it be like if your paycheck was suddenly 23% less each pay period? 

Pretty devastating I expect; and, something which would surely make it hard to make ends meet.

You might need to choose which bills to delay paying, adjust your meals by selecting cheaper products, or change your driving habits to reduce car expenses. If you’re really lucky, you might only need to contribute less to your savings.

But in any case, a steep reduction in your income would result in a painful change to your lifestyle. And that’s exactly the dilemma that American seniors will face unless Congress acts soon to reform the federal Social Security program.

Statistics show that about 90% of Americans over 65 receive Social Security and, for nearly half of them, Social Security is their primary source of income. Indeed, for about 20% of beneficiaries, Social Security provides 90% or more of their monthly income. Staggering statistics which emphasize the importance of Social Security to American seniors, so it’s no wonder that recent media reports of future benefit cuts are causing many to re-evaluate their claiming strategy.

But is all that angst justified? Find out in this Ask Rusty article.

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