The 5 Scariest Facts about Social Security

The 5 Scariest Facts about Social Security

I read a lot about the retirement gap in America. There are some scary scenarios ahead for many people who have not committed to saving, investing or planning for income they can not outlive. But some of the scariest statistics that continue to bother me are those around Social Security. 


No, it’s not the fact that 78 percent of people believe Social Security will run out of money in their lifetime.1 Instead, it’s the complete lack of education that the financial services industry is providing to clients. That’s something we can control and change. 


Here are five stats you should pay attention to: 


As advisors, we must learn the complexities of Social Security and convey that knowledge to our clients. The planners who do so put themselves in a much better position for long-term success. Their client retention will likely be higher due to the information they provide while preserving their assets under management. 


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Learn as much as you can about Social Security in the income planning process. Clients want advice on this complex benefit, and they clearly need to know more in order to make better decisions about their future income. 

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About the Author

Mike McGlothlin is a team leader, retirement industry activist and disciple of Indiana Hoosier basketball. In addition to being EVP of retirement at Ash Brokerage, he is a sought-after writer and speaker. His web series, “Winning Strategies,” provides insight and motivation for financial advisors in many forms – blogs, books, videos, podcasts and more. You can get his latest book, “Winning Strategies: The New Rules of Retirement Planning,” on Amazon. 


1Nationwide Retirement Institute, Social Security 4th Annual Consumer Survey, September 2017:

2Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, “Trends in Social Security Claiming,” May 2015: