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Old 03-18-2021, 12:01 PM   #1
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Poll: When Did You/Are You Planning to Start Soc Sec?

I’m just guessing this group will poll differently than the mainstream, though there are perfectly legit reasons to start early or late regardless. I’m not asking for anyone to explain, just curious how an ER.org poll pans out.


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Old 03-18-2021, 12:11 PM   #2
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Planning on waiting until age 70. Will turn 68 this year so not much longer. The years just seem to fly by now.
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:14 PM   #3
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I will address the issue once it is closer for me, but at this time I am considering doing it at or near 65, to make it easier for the medicare transition.
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:17 PM   #4
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I'm 71 now, just 12 months into receiving my own SS benefit.
I did receive a much smaller divorced spouse benefit for a few years before my own...
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:18 PM   #5
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Starting my SS at age 70 in about 6 months (I come from a long lived family). In the meantime I have been drawing half of DH's SS so it has worked well for me to delay.
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I took my SS as early as possible. My wife, a retired teacher, never participated in SS. She is not eligible to receive benefits. And, if I pass before her, she is not eligible for survivor benefits, on my record, due to her pension, and IRS WEP exclusion.

We decided to take my benefit, and funnel it into our portfolio. In this way she will get a greater benefit if I check out first. So far, this plan is working out very well.
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2005 age 62. DOW ballpark 10,000. 2006 went full auto Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 with my ER funds - 12th year of ER.

My 'corporate wellness profile' back in the 80's gave me a life expectancy of 77. Grin.

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Old 03-18-2021, 12:34 PM   #8
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70 for me, to maximize DW’s SS ongoing after I die.
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:39 PM   #9
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3 FA scenarios showed not much difference in overall theoretical end result between 62, FRA or 70, one said wait, one told us to take at 62, and one showed us that the end result wasn't much difference.
Pensions and SS cover budget easily, so savings is there for LTC, or other. It works for us. We retired a bit later than many here, at 60. But earlier than we thought we could!
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DW and I are both planning on 70 as we're both "cursed" with very long family longevity - top 15th percentile or so, and we're fortunate to have the means to wait. https://opensocialsecurity.com/, with our assumptions, recommends 70 for me and from 68 yrs 4 mos to 70 for DW (depending on SS cuts or not).
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:54 PM   #11
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70 for me, to maximize DWs SS ongoing after I die.
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DW will take hers at 67 years 10 months. She is a few years older than I am.
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Took SS as early as possible. A year later - surprise! - Vfib put me down and without the Gal being stubborn and very effective and competent I would have collected a whole year of SS. the end. Instead I'm on year nine. Think early worked out to be just the best time to start collecting.
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:59 PM   #13
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I'll have to provide at least a small explanation because there was a PLAN-A which then became PLAN-B. Was going to go past 62 till the checks became a little fatter but no way wait til 70. Then had a heart attack at age 62+10 months. At 62 and 11 months filed for SS because that that longevity / break-even math went out out the widow.
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70 for me, to maximize DWs SS ongoing after I die.
Same. Wife is 4 years younger than me and she has no SS on her own earnings, so maximizing her survivor benefits is important.

It is interesting to see the results in my model. When I look at my worst historical scenario (retire in 1966), it actually helps a LOT to take SS early @ 62 vs. waiting until 70. That's because the market is diving from 62 to 70 in that scenario.

Seems to make no difference in my Monte Carlo sim. Also no difference in my 2% real constant return model. That makes sense since we both live to 95 in those models which is beyond the break even age.

We'll consider claiming early if the crap is hitting the fan @ age 62 (7 years from now).
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We'll likely be splitting the difference with DH and I taking one early, one late, but it will depend on other income and the ACA cliff at the time.
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66 and 2 months. I am supposed to be starting this month but Soc Sec apparently puts it forward a month as a matter of course...sigh...still waiting..
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Depends on how quickly the Roth conversions go.
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I took my SS as early as possible. My wife, a retired teacher, never participated in SS. She is not eligible to receive benefits. And, if I pass before her, she is not eligible for survivor benefits, on my record, due to her pension, and IRS WEP exclusion.

We decided to take my benefit, and funnel it into our portfolio. In this way she will get a greater benefit if I check out first. So far, this plan is working out very well.
Our exact same situation and decision (although it is the GPO that is the problem, not the WEP). I got my first SS payment last week.
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Old 03-18-2021, 01:51 PM   #19
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Took at 62 (last year). DW (higher earner) will wait until 70. That's what most of the calculators suggested doing and who am I to doubt them. Besides, I really like seeing that deposit show up each month and handle a good portion of our expenses. I won't know until about 80 whether I made a good financial decision and probably either won't be here or won't care.
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Old 03-18-2021, 02:08 PM   #20
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I started at 63 and 8 months. My start date enabled DH to collect on my record, once he’d reached his FRA, and let his own SS grow until he turns 70.

Since my SS is decreased because of WEP, the funds he gets make up for that decrease.

Once he reaches 70 and starts collecting on his own record, I may look at stopping mine and refiling when I turn 70. All the genealogy I’ve been looking at tells me I come from hundreds of years of women who lived into their 80s. I may need that extra.
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