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Old 09-24-2010, 08:26 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by BigNick View Post
Hi Frances,

PS: I never met anyone called Frances from the US. Are you in the UK?
Frances is actually a quite common (and very nice )name in the USA

"Frances is a very common first name for women (#47 out of 4276)"(1990 U.S. Census

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Old 09-25-2010, 11:43 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Milton View Post
These people have control of your retirement income?! May bee that's knot so great.
Yeah, that's what has me a little worried and wondering if I should start it up now rather than in five years....

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Old 10-04-2010, 06:20 PM   #23
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My retirement plan offers a large number of options, including "maximum benefit" and full survivor benefit. The former gives no survivor benefit but the highest monthly payout. The latter continues the exact same pension benefit as I was receiving to be paid to my wife when I die, but of course the monthly payout is decreased. There is also a "pop-up" feature, according to which if my wife dies before me, my retirement pay-out goes back up to the maximum benefit.

I feel guilty that I made my choice among the options without analysis, just intuitively imagining what it would be like for my wife if I die first to face a large reduction in household income. Not good. So I chose the full survivor benefit.

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