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How Changing Your Mind About Social Security Can Boost Your Benefits

Social Security is an essential part of most people's retirement plans. But figuring out how to make the most of Social Security is extremely complicated. To maximize your benefits, it's important to know about innovative strategies designed to take advantage of the Social Security laws. 

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, examines a little-used strategy: suspending benefits. Dan notes that those who file early for Social Security often change their mind about whether they need benefits immediately. After you reach full retirement age, you can suspend your benefits, and in exchange, you'll get bigger monthly payments when you do choose to start taking them again. With payment increases of 8% for each year you wait, Dan observes that the benefits can be sizable.

Learn more about how to get more from Social Security
Being smart about the right strategy is crucial to get every penny you can from Social Security. To get more insight on your retirement benefits, turn to the Motley Fool's brand-new free report, "Make Social Security Work Harder For You." Inside, our retirement experts share their insight on other innovative strategies that can help you boost your benefits and ensure a more comfortable retirement for you and your family. Click here to get your copy today.


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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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