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Product Details

  • Series: Social Security: The Inside Story
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467970417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467970419
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Library Journal
This clear, comprehensive guide ensure[s] accuracy and clarity on a highly complicated subject. Contents [include] a sample retirement computation and a valuable glossary. Explanations are straightforward and accessible, while subheadings, bulleted lists, sidebar explanations, italicized terms, clarifying charts, and notes on potential reforms facilitate understanding. VERDICT: Well organized, clear-cut, and eminently readable, this information-rich guide will make eligibility and application issues significantly less daunting for retirees and survivors and their consultants.

About the Author

Andy Landis is a nationally-known author, speaker, and consultant specializing in Social Security, Medicare, and retirement lifestyle planning. Andy has worked since 1977 with pre-retirees and retirees at Social Security, AARP, a retirement residence, senior centers, Weyerhaeuser, and his own practice, Thinking Retirement. Through Thinking Retirement, Andy conducts Social Security, Medicare, and retirement seminars for the public, Fortune 500 firms, public employers, labor groups, the American Institute of CPAs, the Financial Planning Association, and others. In addition to Social Security, The Inside Story, he has authored professional training courses for the College for Financial Planning and the American Institute of CPAs, and numerous articles for professional journals and the public. He appears on television and radio. He also served as the Washington State chapter president of the International Society for Retirement Planning. Recent projects include leading Thinking Retirement webinars, contributing to the web video Investment Smarts for PBS and AARP, and completing training as a Certified Life Options Retirement Coach. Andy lives in Seattle with Kay, cat, corgi, keyboards, camper, computers, cars, and sometimes kids. Follow Andy and Thinking Retirement on FaceBook. Learn more at www.andylandis.biz.

More About the Author

ANDY LANDIS is an internationally-known retirement expert and author. He has led retirement planning seminars for over 20 years. He has worked with pre-retirees and retirees since 1977 at Social Security, AARP, a retirement residence, senior centers, a multi-national corporation, and his own practice, Thinking Retirement. Andy lives in Seattle with Kay, keyboards, camper, computers, cars, and sometimes kids.

See Andy's website at www.andylandis.biz.

See Andy's blogs at:
www.marketwatch.com/retirement/mentors and
http://retireusa.net/blog/category/andy-landis/

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One serious piece of work, well done!
J. Biener
This book did a good job of giving you the basics so you have an understanding of the general terrain.
Donald Cooper
The book is written in easy to understand language and covers pretty much anything you need to know.
T Faley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T Faley on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a great book that covers everything you need to know about Social Security. As a Certified Financial Planner, I have referenced this book numerous times to help plan with my clients. The book is written in easy to understand language and covers pretty much anything you need to know. He uses great examples and provides many links to additional resources. This is a must have for anyone in the financial services industry or anyone who wants to truly maximize and understand their benefits.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vernon on January 6, 2012
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I've found Andy's book to be absolutely essential for anybody planning their retirement. Andy tells you how to get the most from Social Security, which can add many thousands of dollars to your lifetime payouts. And his info on Medicare helps you navigate the complex rules, so that you minimize your out-of-pocket medical expenses.

I write columns on retirement planning at CBS MoneyWatch, and I've collaborated with Andy several times on Social Security and Medicare issues. I also conduct retirement planning seminars across the country, and Andy's book is on the top of my reference list for my audience members. Andy is the go-to guy to learn about Social Security and Medicare! I can't recommend Andy and his book highly enough.

Steve Vernon, FSA, President, Rest-of-Life Communications and author of Recession-Proof Your Retirement Years
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave Koch on January 23, 2012
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This should be manadatory reading for rookie as well as veteran financial planners. The author lays out the often confusing "world" of Social Serurity in an understandable and entertaining fashion. The book's title says it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Adams on February 15, 2013
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My husband ordered this. He's the "investment guy" in our household and he knows more than most professionals in the field because he's been continuously studying finance-anything for over 40 years because he loves to. This book gave information he had not found anywhere else and now that he's 62, we want to know exactly what our benefits are. We have an adult disabled son and this book explained some critical information that even our attorney did not know (or failed to tell us) that could affect SS benefits (in a positive way) if our son's disability is deemed severe enough for the special rules.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Shepler on July 4, 2013
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Excellent book for anyone trying to decide when to begin Social Security. He offers information I had not previously heard about-that age 60 is everyone's base year for computing inflation adjusted earnings. A lot what he explains is not common knowledge. I highly recommend this book as a reference for retirement planning
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Cooper on December 21, 2012
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Social Security is complicated because there are many rules and even more personal situations. This book did a good job of giving you the basics so you have an understanding of the general terrain. It may not have a scenario that exactly fits your situation but it will give you an understanding of how to explore your options.

It's also well written so most people should be able to understand the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Doub on December 18, 2012
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This is a very good reference book but being I had already done a lot of studying on my own I expected more scenarios to be covered. If you have only basic knowledge of SS then this book will do a great job of making you aware of what is available. The section on Medicare is a great plus and I found it quite informative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Black on May 16, 2012
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I use this book in our Retirement Planning Seminars. This is a fantastic resource on all things related to the Social Security System and how you can benefit from it. Andy Landis is both knowledgable and concise. A must own.
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