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Planning Your Retirement: Social Security

Social Security

What is Social Security? (Investopedia) 

"Social Security is the term used for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program in the United States, run by the Social Security Administration (SSA), which is a federal agency. While best known for retirement benefits, it also provides survivor benefits and disability income. It is independent of a lump-sum pension."

Social Security Administration

  • Benefit Planner: Retirement
    "This planner provides detailed information about your Social Security retirement benefits under current law."
  • my Social Security
    "With your free, personal my Social Security account, you can receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest Statement, and review your earnings history."
  • Retirement Estimator
    "The Retirement Estimator gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Please keep in mind that these are just estimates."
  • Course: Introduction Social Security
    "This course provides a brief overview of SSA, and includes an explanation of the Agency, the coverage, and the benefits."
  • Retirement Benefits FAQs
  • Publications

Retirement Toolkit

A joint publication of the Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, this guide covers planning for Social Security and Medicare.

Top Questions About Social Security (

"Find answers to common questions about Social Security, including retirement and disability benefits, how to get, replace, or correct your Social Security card, and more."