Thanks to the complexity of US tax code and the nuances of various Social Security (SS) benefits, volumes have been written about how to “maximize” Social Security benefits. There are numerous variables that could impact decisions around when and how to take benefits, such as spousal benefits, life expectancy, retirement age from a full-time job, delaying or accelerating the start of benefits from full retirement age, and even the full Social Security retirement age itself, which currently changes depending on year of birth and could change even more in the future to preserve payouts from the system.
The nature of a cash flow-based approach to financial planning, even if it is centered around the client’s goals, means that any platform assisting in the creation of such a plan should account for a few realities that clients often face, such as what to do about current overspending in a budget or unrealistic goals based on the ability to save towards those goals. In each of these cases, the client ends up with one or more time periods in which they have negative net cash flow. You as the advisor need to decide what to do about the negative cash flow, and at Advizr, we’ve recently given you another tool to help with this decision making process: a simulated loan that can illustrate what it might mean to debt finance the negative cash flow. How is this tool best used? Let’s look at a few examples.