Retirees lost a couple of effective but underutilized Social Security claiming strategies in this week’s Bipartisan Budget Act. The changes, which have people scrambling for answers, could mean some opportunity for retirement plan advisers to bring their expertise to plan sponsors. See Editor’s Choice for related stories.
Experts from Fidelity and Nationwide Retirement Institute weigh in on the changes in Social Security claiming strategies, and outline some resources for advisers, as well as ways to support their plan sponsor clients and participants.
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