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Your Social Security Benefit in 4 Easy Slides

Millions of people rely on Social Security for their well-being in retirement. But few people understand how their Social Security benefit is actually calculated.

In the following slideshow, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, goes through the basics of figuring your Social Security benefit, with details on how Social Security takes into account your earnings and converts them to a monthly benefit check based on decisions you make on when to take Social Security.

Your Social Security Benefit in 4 Easy Slides from The Motley Fool.

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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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