DiscoverBiggerPockets Money Podcast344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions
344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions

344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions

Update: 2022-10-142
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Everything you’ve been hearing about social security is a lie. For years, mainstream media and many financial figureheads have said that social security is on a fast track to bankruptcy, with no money left over for Americans when they grow old. But what if we told you that wasn’t true? What if you knew that social security would be there for you when you retire, even if you’ve just started working? Today’s guest, national social security advisor and expert Jeremy Keil, explains the basics of social security and teaches you how to maximize your benefits.

One of the biggest misconceptions about social security is that you have no control over it. The truth is, you control your social security more than the government does. How long you work, when you file, and how you educate yourself are all in your control. While these things may seem insignificant, they could all affect your social security by thousands. If you play your cards right, social security could be the biggest asset of your life.

Jeremy makes a strong argument that social security is the cheapest insurance you might get. In fact, it’s too good of a deal. The original purpose of social security was to help impoverished elderly Americans, so people with a lower income get more from social security. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with pennies if you have a higher income. Social security is the “deal of a lifetime” since it lasts your lifetime, grows with inflation, and has no commissions. Can you think of a better investment than that?


In This Episode We Cover

Social security misconceptions and the truth about social security and whether or not it’s going bankrupt

The history of social security and its original purpose for Americans

How social security gets calculated and how the number of years you work can significantly affect your monthly social security payment

How and when to file social security to maximize your retirement savings

Survivors benefits, joint life expectancy, and how to file social security as a couple 

The break-even point and how to get “the eight percent guarantee” 

And So Much More!

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344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions

344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions