Social Security is going bankrupt! It’s an often-repeated statement and widely held belief, particularly among those at or approaching retirement age — it’s also not true.1 While the program will effectively deplete its asset reserves by paying out more to beneficiaries than it generates starting in 2018 and through 2034,1 benefits will likely still be available to qualified retirees, albeit reduced by about 25 percent.2
That reduction could mean significant adjustments in lifestyle for the three in five retirees who depend on Social Security for at least half of their monthly incomes, and be even more of a jolt to the three in 10 who look to the program to provide 90 to 100 percent of their retirement incomes.1
The political maelstrom that would probably accompany a Social Security revamp has some experts speculating that Congress will step in before reductions actually take place.3 However, preparing clients for the future based on this type of conjecture could put some of their financial futures at risk. The opposite tact may be the most prudent — what happens if the cuts happen?
Security Beyond Social Security
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only about 23 percent of the 165 million American full- and part-time private sector and state and local government workers participate in some form of pension plan,4 so chances are most of your clients don’t have this supplemental nest egg available to offset any decreases in their Social Security benefits.
That leaves the one reliable solution for lifetime income guarantees: annuities. Annuities — particularly those that offer risk control — could help your clients maximize upside investing potential and offer downside protection, alleviating the strain of a potential or real Social Security decrease during their retirement years.
Seeking Financial Advice
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1The Motley Fool, Fact or Fiction: Social Security Is Running Out of Money?, June 15, 2018
2MarketWatch, Social Security to tap into trust fund for first time in 36 years, June 6, 2018
3CNBC, What Social Security’s budget woes mean for your retirement benefits, June 11, 2018
4Pension Rights Center, How many American workers participate in workplace retirement plans?, January 18, 2018