Should You Buy an Annuity from Social Security?

Source: Steven A. Sass, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, IB#12-10, May 2012

The brief’s key findings are:
– Households now retiring need to transform their 401(k) and IRA savings into retirement income.
– One way is to delay claiming Social Security to increase their monthly benefit, using savings to pay current expenses while they wait.
– In effect, they are buying an annuity from Social Security: The savings used is the “price” and the increase in their monthly benefit the annuity income it “buys.”
– Buying an annuity from Social Security is generally the best deal in town, especially in today’s low interest-rate environment.

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