Ways to Fix Social Security
I recently got a social security statement. At first I thought that it was one of those direct mail scam programs. I sat there and thought what if I were to calculate my already earned credits as a present value. What would 13.76% of my cumulative income look like in a IRA or 401k plan, instead of a forecasted amount of fixed income at some future date? I didn’t actually do the exercise knowing the result would make me sick to my stomach. My father just turned 68 this last year. He handed me his social security print out and asked me to explain again why I have encouraged him not to take social security yet. My explanation was that we need to shore up the benefits for him and my mother. We expect for them to both have a longer life expectancy then generally assumed. Again, I shutter to think what his savings would be if we were to calculate it throughout his working life. What amount has been contributed to social security on his behalf and what amount of wealth would that be for him and my mom? Not to be selfish, but what difference in an inheritance could that be to me and my siblings? I am also curious as to what effect that could have had positively if deployed into the capital markets.