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A Social Security Owner's Manual: Your Guide To Social Security Retirement, Dependent's, and Survivor's Benefits Paperback – October 4, 2011

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About the Author

Jim Blankenship is a practicing personal financial planner, with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also writes frequently on the topics relating to the personal financial field, including Social Security, retirement plans, and taxes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466291613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466291614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is plainly written, but it gives a good idea of the how/what of social security. I have picked up a few pointers (and I consider myself quite knowledgeable on the subject) that is worth many times the cost of the book. One thing I always wanted to know -- HOW are the benefits determined. He lays out quite concisely the formula(s) used to determine this.

I won't be collecting Social Security for at least 7 years. I hope the information I glean from here will aid in maximizing what I am entitled to. As a small business owner, my income varies greatly from year to year. This book has provided some useful tips for this.
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Mr. Blankenship takes understanding Social Security and retirement to a whole new level--he brings it right to where you are.
Written in a casual style, he takes the government's attempts to confuse us with complicated calculating and twists it into common (and sometimes humorous) language. There's a lot of facts and figures for professionals who would use them but for those of us whose eyes glaze over at the thought of doing mathematic calculations, Mr. Blankenship provides a simple to understand approach to the madness without making us do the math.
The book also provides easy to read charts and gives examples/stories to explain and that demonstrate some little known and/or utilized benefits available.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand how Social Security works for them. Very easy read and full of great info.
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Mr. Blankenship does an excellent job explaining the very finer points of Social Security that are often overlooked by people, as well as their advisors. The Owner's Manual is easy to read, easy to follow, and Mr. Blankenship's sense of humor adds an excellent element to what can be a dry topic. Mr. Blankenship's manual is a great reference to use when questions need to be answered - and an easy to use manual at that. Throughout the book he explains concepts and how the social benefit works - in easy to understand language. Finally, he dispells some common myths about the future of Social Security. This book should be in the home of everyone that is a part of the Social Security system - and no financial planner should be without it.
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Highly useful explanation of the various aspects of Social Security benefits and the options- and consequences- of when to apply for benefits. Well worth the purchase price for anyone contemplating the start of their Social Security benefits.
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This is a fairly good presentation of the ins and outs of social security but a little complex. Some areas were a little harder to understand than others for us who are not well versed in this really crazy program. I definitely have a good idea on how I will be handling my social security when the time comes.
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I found this book very helpful in separating the wheat from the chaffe w/ regard to what you need to know about social security. For me the subject and the options have always been unclear. This book does a fine job of shining light on the subject and giving a roadmap of what a persons options might be w/ regard to when to begin taking payments and importantly how when you take payments affects the total amount you might be able to receive. There is great information in the book for married couples.

This book is a must have for anyone who wants to know with clarity how social security works, how it applies to you and what your options are w/ regard to when to beging taking payments.
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I have been reading and planning since 2007 for our retirement this June, including a lot of books, articles, and blogs on investing and retirement. Despite all the articles and a few books on Social Security that I'd already read, I still learned a lot about the intricacies of this valuable and important program from reading this book! For married couples in particular, the traps and pitfalls can be far from clear: if one spouse collects early, or if they both wait, etc. etc.

Get this book, and READ it!
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Concise, yet-detailed explanation of how Social Security benefits are determined and how individuals and married couples can make elections that make the most sense for their retirement years.
Written in a down-to-earth, accessible style.
I plan to get the updated version very soon.
Leisa Brown aiken
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