What  is Delay & Gain?

Throughout most of our working lives, we often dream of retirement and its promise of freedom from strict schedules, traffic jams, demanding jobs, overbearing bosses, difficult co-workers, physically tiring work, boredom or lack of wage growth.  The reasons to retire as soon as possible can easily pile up during a working life that spans decades. For many workers, the strong desire to stop working may cloud their decision about when it’s best, financially speaking, to call it quits. This could cause retirees, particularly women, to lose thousands of dollars of Social Security income over the course of their retirement, placing them in potential financial peril.

The Delay & Gain education project is for older workers who are nearing retirement. Our goal is to help near-retirees make informed, financially sound choices through an understanding of the increased Social Security benefits gained by a delay in filing their claim.

Helpful Reading

Opinion: Don’t Make This One Social Security Blunder

When you claim Social Security, don’t make this one really, really dumb move Nearly half a million of you will probably start claiming Social Security this month.

Report: Most Working American’s Not Saving for Retirement

Less than four months ago, a research report released by the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), using an analysis of U.S. Census data, found that even with the nation’s economic recovery, savings levels of working age Americans are inadequate for America’s retirees to rely on.

Should I File for Social Security Benefits as Soon as I Stop Working?

Many seniors plan to apply for benefits upon leaving their jobs, but that could be a mistake for several reasons.

For a Larger Social Security Check, Tap Your IRA First

Many people who wind up with a smaller Social Security check because they claim their benefit early could have waited longer to file, thanks to funds in their IRA.

Boomers Find Reasons to Retire Later

It is one of “the most significant labor market trends” in the United States, says Wellesley College researcher Courtney Coile.

When is the Best Age for Americans to Claim Social Security?

Read this article by NCPSSM President and CEO, Max Richtman, as he discusses the benefits of delayed claiming.

Video: How to Receive a Larger Monthly Benefit

Learn why deciding when to claim Social Security retirement benefits is one of the most important decisions a worker will ever make – and how delayed claiming can really pay-off in the long run.

Calculate the Best Time to File Your Claim

The Social Security Administration has provided an online calculator to help beneficiaries learn what their benefit will be depending on when they file their claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read what others are asking about delaying their benefits and ask your own questions.

Broadcasts

A collection of radio interviews discussing the benefits of delayed claiming.