But as a financial planner and investment adviser, I routinely find that the various benefits available via the Social Security Administration are an important and often misunderstood part of folk's financial picture.
it's your money, coming back
spouses and kids can benefit, too
check your benefits early and often
- The "Retirement Estimator" does not require a log-in, but does use personal information to generate a current snapshot of assumed retirement income benefits at a few different ages, reflecting the potential value in waiting to begin taking that benefit
- The "My Social Security" is a page that does require a log-in, and provides much more information than the estimator, including a history of wages and a measure on whether you have accumulated sufficient "credits" to qualify for Social Security benefits.